At Ringtons we are, and always have, been committed to sourcing our teas in an ethical and sustainable way. There are a core group of tea producers from whom we have been buying for generations and with whom we have very good, strong relationships.
However, as our business has expanded, our supply base has also necessarily expanded but our ethical principles have remained. We still aim to establish good, long term relationships with our suppliers and we are still concerned about the traceability of our teas and ethical practices at every stage of our supply chains. To help us in this, we have become members 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. ETP monitors social and environmental conditions on tea estates in all major tea producing regions.
ETP also brings together a number of tea companies, NGOs and international aid donors to implement projects aimed at tackling key sustainability issues within the tea industry; from reducing discrimination, to increasing understanding about wages within the tea industry, and adaptation to climate change.
We also buy certified Fairtrade tea and coffee.