Good for the people
We buy around 12% of the world’s black tea supply. PG tips tea is now fully Rainforest Alliance Certified and 50% of Lipton tea already comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms with our mission to be fully certified 2015. By 2012 Lyons tea will also be certified.
The Rainforest Alliance accreditation means our tea plantation in Kericho, Kenya isn't just producing great-tasting tea, it's making a real difference.
Covering 1,500 hectares of conserved wetlands and natural forests, Kericho is home to 75,000 people, 15,000 of which work on the plantation, benefiting from good working and living conditions and decent wages – things many of us take for granted.
We provide free housing and education for workers and their families. We also offer free medical care at our fully equipped hospital and across four health centres, including HIV/AIDS programmes
- Kericho was the first tea plantation in the world to be Rainforest Alliance Certified™ (2007).
- Free housing, medical care and schools are provided for over 75,000 people.
- There are 12,500 workers houses, 19 primary schools, 3 secondary schools & over 20 nursery schools.
- Kericho has had 8,819 children enrolled through 19 primary schools.
- 1,252 plantation staff were trained on various courses.
- 374 healthy babies were born at the central hospital.
- We provide internationally recognised “best in class” award winning HIV/AIDS education, prevention treatment and care programmes.
Good for the planet
For us, it's about improving the standard of living for workers while operating environmentally sustainable farming practices.
- We source 97% of the energy we use from hydropower and renewable eucalyptus forests. While numerous conservation schemes, like planting 870,000 trees to help tackle Kenya's deforestation problem, are helping to build a brighter future for all.
- 97% of the energy used come from hydropower and renewable eucalyptus forests.
- We have planted 394,500 trees on our own estates and have also donated a further 475,500 to local farms, schools, universities and charities etc. At present we are getting very close to 1 million trees planted and growing.