Building Tea Back Better – A THIRST event

Building Tea Back Better – A THIRST event

On June 16th 2020, THIRST invited business leaders, workers’ representatives and subject experts to take part in a constructive, solutions-oriented discussion to help plan for a fairer, more resilient post-coronavirus tea industry. The Roundtable covered some key enablers of decent work: Social Dialogue Working for Women; Sustainable Business Models and Sustainable Purchasing Practices.

Participants voted for topics to explore in more detail and THIRST will organise these in-depth, action-oriented, multi-stakeholder discussions over the coming months.  Details will be shared on this page when available, or you can subscribe for details of the discussions, and other THIRST updates and events.

Follow this link for Building Tea Back Better Meeting Notes.

A recording of the session is available here:


  • Alistair Smith, International Coordinator, Bananalink
  • Binita Rai and Vickey Rai, members of Sanjukta Vikash Co-operative, Darjeeling
  • Erinch Sahan, Chief Executive, World Fair Trade Organisation
  • Indroneel Goho, CEO, Ambootia Tea, Darjeeling
  • Geoffrey Chepkwony, Outgrower Manager, Finlays, Kenya
  • Jenny Costelloe, Executive Director, Ethical Tea Partnership
  • Judith Fraats, Senior Program Manager, IDH
  • Kathrin Gassert, Head of Business Development & Communication, Teekampagne, Germany
  • Lingalireni Mihowa, Country Director, Oxfam Malawi
  • Maggie Opondo, Senior Lecturer and Researcher at University of Nairobi
  • Rachel Wilshaw, Ethical Trade Manager, Oxfam GB
  • Simon Hotchkins, Head of Sustainable Development, Taylors of Harrogate, UK
  • Weerasingham Velusamy, Plantation sector gender equality specialist, Sri Lanka
  • Will Battle, Senior sustainable procurement advisor, IDH