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November 15, 2018: Clipper becomes the fourth tea company to publish a full list of its tea suppliers in Assam – only two more tea companies to go!

Traidcraft Exchange are Asking: Who Picked My Tea?

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Many tea blends include tea from Assam, where people get poverty wages, are scared to speak up and have no way out. The big tea brands – Unilever (PG Tips and Lipton), Twinings, Apeejay (Typhoo), Yorkshire Tea, Tata (Tetley) and Clipper – are well aware of this but aren’t doing enough to challenge it.

But you can get them to do more. It starts by asking a simple question: who picked my tea?

People like Maloti (pictured above) work long hours in the tea gardens carrying heavy loads, often without proper equipment or even shoes.  Workers are paid just £1.50 a day, and the services the estates are supposed to provide – like housing, clinics and schools – are often poor quality or even non-existent.

“They don’t repair the houses. We register complaints to the management, they note it down, but that remains in the register, they give no importance.”

These appalling conditions are well known in the UK tea industry, which has been buying tea from Assam for years as one of the leading importing countries. But brands aren’t doing enough to challenge Assam tea estate owners or to improve their own buying practices.

That’s why Traidcraft Exchange is launching a campaign to ask tea brands to do the right thing and step up on behalf of people like Maloti.

So please add your voice and ask the big tea brands: “Who picked my tea?”

  • November 15, 2018: Clipper becomes the fourth tea company to publish a full list of its tea suppliers in Assam – only two more tea companies to go!

  • November 2, 2018: Tetley becomes the third big tea company to publish a list of its suppliers! Tetley is the world’s second largest tea company so we hope their decision to increase transparency in their supply chain will encourage others to do the same.

  • August 13, 2018: Great news! Twinings has joined Yorkshire Tea and published a full list of their suppliers from Assam. You can take a look at their sourcing map here. Together Twinings and Yorkshire make up nearly one-third of the UK tea market so these are significant steps forward. Let’s persuade the four other companies to do the same.

  • June 19, 2018: Success! Yorkshire Tea has published a full list of their suppliers just one month after Traidcraft Exchange launched their campaign. Let’s keep going to persuade other companies to do the same.

Jun 05, 2018 Campaign Launches

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Well done, Clipper. Keep it up.

linda fisher
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linda fisher

Personally i’m not a tea drinker myself but to try to fathom the idea that these huge companies are using slave labor to pick their harvests is despicable in istself. these companies such as Unilever are only interested in the big buck and not the little guy. Unilever is a disgusting company where it comes to morals and decency and respect. just take animal experimentation for instance, absolutely no morals at all. Twinings, Apeejay, Yorkshire Tea, Tata (Tetley) and Clipper shame!

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Faith Ozioma Peter Diji

This is great. Well done.

Wes Kmet
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Well done Clipper

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Well done Clipper—–cheers

Have You Asked: Who Picked My Tea?

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Step 1: Click to act on Traidcraft Exchange’s campaign and ask the six biggest tea brands “Who picked my tea?”

Step 2: Let us know you’ve asked them by clicking ‘Yes’ below!

I love drinking tea but I’m concerned about the poor pay and living conditions of tea workers in Assam.

I want the people who pick my tea to be paid a decent wage and be treated with respect.

Who picked my tea? Which estate does it come from?

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