Updates, blog posts and events from THIRST

THIRST brings you a range of news, analysis and events to help you keep track of human rights and environmental developments in the tea industry around the world. These include announcements of new publications and events such as discussions on topical issues, monthly news updates and thought provoking blogs. We welcome news, guest blogs and suggestions of topics for future TEA Talks from all sections of the tea sector – but especially civil society.

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Join the call for tea buyers to support Assam wage increase

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are clear that businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights throughout their supply chains. Yet, as the strike by thousands […]

TEA Talk: Making Social Dialogue work for women workers

The majority of workers in the lowest paid roles in tea production are women. Yet these are among the most crucial roles – especially plucking tea. But they often feel […]
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Five years on from the women's unity uprising, is anyone listening?

Five years ago today I stood outside my Dad’s old office – the Headquarters Office of the Kanan Devan Hill Plantation (KDHP) company in my birthplace, Munnar – and witnessed […]
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Building Tea Back Better through Sustainable Business Models

“In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.” Could […]
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How can Social Dialogue work better for women tea workers?

Social dialogue is defined  as including “all types of negotiation, consultation…between, or among, representatives of governments, employers and workers, on issues of common interest…” But if those representatives are predominantly […]

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 […]
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Building Tea Back Better

The United Nations is calling on the global community to behave – well, like a community. In its paper ‘Shared responsibility, global solidarity’, the UN sets out three priorities for […]
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How is coronavirus affecting your precious cuppa?

The minute there was a whiff of shortage in the air – when the then still unfamiliar word “lockdown” was first being whispered – it triggered in the British a […]
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A Happy New Decade for tea workers?

Exactly half way through this last decade, the women tea workers of Munnar in South India rose up and said ‘Enough’. They demonstrated against the tea company for keeping them […]
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THIRST for Vision

Human Rights in Assam Tea Estates – The Long View is a literature review covering eight documents spanning 15 years of the Assam tea industry. These documents were written by […]

THIRST for Perspective – notes on an Indian tea tour

During my three week Indian tea industry tour in January this year, I travelled from the urban powerhouses of Delhi and Kolkata to the mountains of Darjeeling through the plains […]