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Nambarrie Responsible Sourcing

At Nambarrie, we have always been committed to sourcing our teas ethically. We regularly visit the tea gardens we source from in India, China, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Argentina, to get a better understanding of the conditions on the ground and build strong relationships with producers.

Over 75% of our tea comes from gardens which have been certified by third-party organisations, such as Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and/or UTZ Certified, which ensure that our teas come from producers who meet internationally-recognized social and environmental standards. We aim to source only from certified gardens by 2020.

In addition, we are a founding and active member of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and are committed to only buy from tea estates and producer groups that are participating in the ETP Programme.  The ETP is a membership organisation created to improve conditions in the tea sector and bring together the joint leverage of companies with a common interest.  The ETP addresses issues in the tea gardens we buy from and the sector as a whole, helping to create a thriving tea industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable.

We also run and participate in various initiatives in tea communities in China, India, Kenya and Malawi, to contribute to a better life for tea pickers, their families and the environment, from improving access to water and sanitation on tea estates, to supporting women and girls through health and protection campaigns.

Because ethical sourcing is so important to us, our ethical sourcing programme covers every step of the supply chain, including packaging suppliers and our own factory. We have an ethical Code of Conduct and we carry out audits to ensure that suppliers are adhering to this and respecting human rights.

Case Study: Sibani

Since 2010 we have been working with UNICEF to improve the nutrition and protection status of young girls living on tea estates with their families in Assam, India. Prior to the project we had identified through NGO studies and previous interventions in the region that many young girls on tea estates suffer from anaemia and other health problems due to poor diet; in addition they are vulnerable to a range of child protection concerns.

Sibani is one such girl. In her case, at the age of 8 she was forced to leave school to look after her younger brother as her father had passed away and her mother was working. Not only was she missing out on her education but her childhood as well; a chance to make friends and develop new skills. This could have a significant impact on her future opportunities.

As part of the project Adolescent Girls Groups (AGGs) were established, where young girls can meet, discuss sensitive topics, learn new life skills and look out for one another. In addition Child Protection Committees (CPCs) were set up to act as a safety net for children in the community. These support groups noticed Sibani’s case and intervened. They made a strong case about children’s rights to Sibani’s mother and explained what other childcare options were available to her; she eventually agreed to let Sibani return to school.

Sibani now has the opportunity for a childhood that she so deserves; she said “I am happy to go to the school and I will continue it.” She also has the opportunity for an education and future development opportunities which she otherwise would have been excluded from. 

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