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Fair Trade Tea

fair trade teaBenefits of FairTrade Certification

Fair Trade Certified tea is typically produced on large estates with private ownership and management distinct from the working population, which resides on and within the estate. Tea workers are able to make meaningful improvements in their living standards as a result of Fair Trade.

To become certified, a tea estate provides workers with fair wages, democratic working conditions, adequate housing and healthcare. Certified estates encourage sustainable farming methods, prohibit child labor abuses, and create a Joint Body - a special council on the estate composed of workers and estate managers. The Joint Body decides how the Fair Trade premium (paid by licensed tea importers) will be used to benefit the whole worker community. The premium is often invested in social development projects relating to housing, healthcare, education, local infrastructure, or in specialized medical care, recreation, environmental restoration, scholarships, and additional income-generating projects.

Currently there are 45 Fair Trade Certified tea estates in seven countries benefiting more than 120,000 workers and their families. Since Fair Trade focuses on supporting the poorest workers in developing countries, tea estates in fully developed nations are not eligible for certification. FLO has recently created a “small holder agreement” under which a small landowner, or a collective of small landowners, may work with a tea factory to have their tea produced within Fair Trade criteria. Under this agreement, the Fair Trade premium would go directly to these small landowners and be used to benefit the worker community.

The market for Fair Trade Certified tea is still new, but growing quickly, and may yet become, as it is in coffee, the fastest growing segment of the specialty industry.


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