We invite civil society organisations of any size to get involved – including trade unions and other worker representatives, NGOs, campaigning organisations etc – in any country who are working on any aspect of improving the lives of the women and men producing tea and their families and communities.

  • Sign up for regular updates on human rights and wellbeing issues in the tea sector.
  • Join or propose a working group focusing on a particular issue or geographical area (like the Assam group below).
  • Propose or participate in information sharing events such as roundtables or workshops.
  • Propose research projects, or ask to be sign-posted to information or experts on particular topics related to the wellbeing of tea workers and farmers.
  • Propose or join advocacy actions with other civil society organisations.
  • Volunteer for THIRST – use your specialist expertise to help build the knowldege base on the rights and wellbeing of tea workers and farmers.

Please do contact us to find out more or start the conversation.

Active working group: Ethical Trading Initiative NGO Assam Tea Group

THIRST is helping to facilitate a working group composed of NGO members of the Ethical Trading Initiative concerned with the rights of tea workers in Assam. The group meets regularly (currently on a quarterly basis) in order to:

  • Keep each other informed of our work in Assam so that we can add value and complement each other’s work
  • Learn from each other about challenges, solutions, sensitivities, and the perspectives of local organisations in the region and sector
  • Identify key asks to the tea industry that we believe will help ensure that the rights of workers and women in Assam tea are respected. This may take the form of either insider advocacy (dialogue with the company) or outsider advocacy (public campaigning).

Current members of the group include (but are not limited to):


The group is also open to non-ETI member NGOs. Please do
contact us to find out more.