The Ethical Tea Partnership operates three important sustainability programmes to improve social and environmental conditions in the plantations, factories and gardens. Monitoring & Certification, Producer Support and Strategic Sustainability Monitoring & Certification
The Monitoring Programme, which has been running since 1997, helps manufacturers tackle problems and meet international social and environmental standards. The program is free of charge for manufacturers, and audits are performed by third-party independent auditors.
ETP offers training and support in 5 key areas that manufacturers often have difficulty with:
- Health and safety of factory
- Fair treatment of workers
- Agrochemical Management
- Environmental management
The training programmes help management understand their responsibilities to workers and the environment. Other training, such as the safe use of pesticides, ensures that employees maintain safety around themselves and their surroundings.
ETP addresses a number of complex problems that go beyond the normal scope of monitoring, auditing and certification. Issues include climate change, social development, and supporting smallholder communities. These work programmes help to protect future supply and livelihoods. Examples of these projects include: helping smallholders adapt to climate change, as well as improving the livelihoods of smallholders, etc.