Statement: Response to human rights abuse on British-owned Kenyan tea farms
We are appalled and saddened by recent reports of human rights abuses on tea estates in Kenya.
Whilst we source many of our teas from Kenya’s Rift Valley, we don’t purchase from the companies and tea farms featured in the recent coverage.
Ethical trading and sustainable sourcing are of the utmost importance to us. We actively work with partners across the world to monitor our supply chains to trace our products back to their source. As such, we have really strong relationships with a core group of tea producers, mainly in India and Africa – keeping in touch regularly and visiting whenever we can – ensuring we listen, learn and work together to support growers.
We recognise that sharing our tea suppliers with you is important for confidence and transparency so you can enjoy a cup of Ringtons tea without worry. We publish our supply base on our website and you can access it here: https://www.ringtons.co.uk/pride-in-our-supply-base-i248
We always aim to understand the challenges the industry faces and collaborate on projects across the globe to create a fairer, better and more sustainable tea industry for the workers and farmers in origin, particularly through our work with The Ethical Tea Partnership. You can find out more about them here: https://ethicalteapartnership.org/