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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Our community is forcing change in the tea industry! FREEDOM UNITED.

Dear David,

We are delighted to announce that our community has helped us move closer to ending labor abuses in the tea industry!  The Freedom United team partnered with Traidcraft Exchange to press all major tea brands to publish where they buy their tea. As of last week, 4 of the 6 big tea brands have felt compelled to share their tea sources.

Ask the last two tea companies 'Who Picked My Tea?' to see them do the same!
Ask 'Who Picked My Tea?'
Traidcraft Exchange thank you for asking 'Who Picked My Tea?' saying:

"It means that in six months we’ve got four out of the six biggest UK tea brands to answer the question ‘Who picked my tea? – a fantastic achievement and proof that campaigning works.

But more importantly, it has tipped the balance towards making transparency the norm. 

Before we started the campaign, the tea sector was known for its secrecy and tea workers had no idea who was buying their tea. But with four major brands publishing, we have made transparency the norm. Many of you joined us on tour last week, when campaigners from Assam shared their experiences.

One thing that struck me was  how grateful they were for our support. We know that changing conditions in Assam won’t be easy. But getting the brands to publish is a vital first step to enable tea workers, and organisations working with them, to hold tea companies to account and call for better conditions and pay.  

Thank you for being part of this change."

In solidarity,

Miriam and the Freedom United team

P.S. Congratulate Clipper by posting a comment on our page – we'll make sure they know what you said!
Miriam Karmali
Advocacy, Freedom United

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