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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Imagine… a tea industry that puts people first

Simplifying supply chains? Not so simple. Starting out as a discussion on simplifying supply chains and sharing value more equally, THIRST’s latest TEA Talk blossomed out into a fascinating discourse […]

Thinking Allowed: TEA – A Dark History

BBC Radio 4’s Laurie Taylor talks to the historian, Seren Charrington-Hollins, about the exploitation, wars & intrigue at the heart of the history of that most ‘British’ hot beverage. Also, […]

TEA Talk: Simplifying supply chains, sharing value more fairly

If producers have a greater share of the value, could they provide workers and farmers with living wages and better living and working conditions? In June 2020 we asked how […]
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Want to hear some good news about women workers?

Wouldn’t it be nice to hear some good news about women workers for a change?  News like collective bargaining clauses being introduced that commit employers to prioritising providing employment to […]
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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 […]