Virtual Roundtable on the Root Causes of the Human Rights Gap in Tea

Virtual Roundtable on the Root Causes of the Human Rights Gap in Tea

This on-line roundtable is an opportunity for tea stakeholders to come together and reflect on the findings of our latest research, add their insights, and deepen our combined understanding of the issues.

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THIRST’s 2022 literature review detected a significant gap between human rights in the tea sector in principle and in practice. This year we have been exploring the root causes of this gap, primarily through a wide-ranging listening exercise. Around two hundred individuals at every level of the tea industry – from tea pluckers to CEOs of tea companies, from shop stewards to agricultural economists – have contributed their thoughts and perspectives through interviews, focus group discussions and surveys.

The resulting report is a fully rounded inquiry into the changes that are needed and possible throughout the tea value chain to reduce the risks of sexual exploitation, poverty and health issues for workers and farmers at the source of the value chain. It aims to provide a basis on which the industry can develop effective action plans to tackle human rights issues in collaboration with local civil society organisations.

Oxfam America’s Caroline Brodeur is one of the advisors on the report. She says: “This is such an important and impressive piece of research. You are diving directly into very important, systemic and widespread issues that are at the root causes of the human rights violations that we see in this sector. This is so useful and hopefully can contribute to changing this system that seems unchangeable…”

In 2024 THIRST will convene a series of in-person multi stakeholder roundtable meetings in key tea origin and market regions to help start developing a ‘highway map’ and action plans to tackle the issues we have jointly identified.

But this on-line roundtable presents an opportunity for tea stakeholders to come together and reflect on these findings, add their insights, and deepen our combined understanding of the issues. Tickets now available

Ticket pricing:

If you can afford the full priced ticket, thank you. You will be helping to cover THIRST’s costs and enabling us to continue our work. But if not, and if you belong in one of the following categories, please contact THIRST to discuss possible discounts.

  • You contributed to the research through interviews, focus group discussions or surveys
  • You are a civil society organisation, NGO or workers’ or farmers’ representative

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