The many varietals of tea, all derived from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, are steeped in tradition and history. While some tea varieties fetch high consumer prices and can provide lucrative livelihood opportunities at origin, others unfortunately have been associated with low incomes and poor working conditions. In some geographies, inadequate wages and benefits, such as housing, fail to meet basic standards of decency for tea workers and their families—a situation which has drawn international attention. This has turned a spotlight not only on tea production, but also on trade and consumption.
Rural Tamil Nadu, India Living Wage Benchmark Study - Nilgris Region
The Living Wage Benchmark work in Rural Tamil Nadu, India is supported by UTZ joining forces with Rainforest Alliance and in consultation wth the Ethical Tea Partnership. The study will cover the Nilgris region of India, and major tea producing areas mostly located in Tamil Nadu, using the agriculture industry and tea sector as context. This study launched in April 2018 and is expected to be completed and validated before year end 2018.
Sri Lanka Living Wage Benchmark Study - Estate Sector
The Living Wage Benchmark work in Rural Tamil Nadu, India is supported by Fairtrade International and in consultation wth the Ethical Tea Partnership. The study will cover the estate sector in Sri Lanka, using the agriculture industry and tea sector estates as context. This study is completed and currently in stakeholder validation.