FLO Announces joint commitment with the Ethical Tea Partnership

01 March 2010

The Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) and the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) are announcing a joint commitment to work together to improve the lives of tea workers and promote sustainability in the tea industry.

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) works to monitor and improve the social and environmental conditions under which tea is produced and to improve the lives of tea workers. FLO is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization made up of 24 member organizations worldwide. It is responsible for the strategic direction of Fairtrade, the Fairtrade standards and producer support.

Our aim in working more closely together is drive greater positive impact for tea producers. ETP and FLO will work together in the following three key areas:

  • In order to reduce duplication in auditing for tea growers, ETP will now recognise Fairtrade certification of producers, and focus its own monitoring activity on producers that do not have another independent certification.
  • Joint working with ETP members to facilitate work towards Fairtrade certification of producers in their supply chains, where the producers and companies have expressed interest
  • We will identify and implement joint projects to address specific issues facing producers in the tea industry, and work together to mobilise resources from ETP members and other funders for these. Some project areas we are interested to explore together include specific support programmes for smallholders, and work on climate change impacts and adaptation for tea growers.


Rob Cameron, CEO of FLO said: “Fairtrade is an important part of the tea sector. Collaboration and partnership have always been at the heart of our vision in the Fairtrade movement, and we can build a better, stronger future by working with others who share our goals. We’re delighted to establish this partnership with the Ethical Tea Partnership, to build the global ethical tea industry and secure a better life for farmers, workers and their communities in tea-growing countries.”

Sarah Roberts, ETP’s Executive Director explained: ‘We are delighted to have established a partnership with FLO. ETP’s aim is to have strong relationships with organisations who can help us achieve our mission of a thriving tea sector that is socially just and environmentally sustainable and the Fairtrade movement has an enormous amount to offer. We are looking forward to working together on the ground.’

 
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