Earlier, we caught up with Andy Brown, Managing Director of Taylors of Harrogate. Andy is joining us at our tea sustainability conference co-hosted with IDH, TEAM UP 2022: Sustainability Solutions.
Andy is taking part in a thought-provoking session that will explore the importance of improving living wages and incomes for tea farmers and workers to address inequalities, and alleviate poverty in tea growing regions. An essential debate: join us to talk through the barriers, as well as ideas and solutions going forward.
Here are some of his thoughts, ahead of him sharing more insight at TEAM UP on 21 June.
Why is sustainability for people and planet so important for Taylors of Harrogate now and in the future?
Andy Brown: Taylors is a people business, and our sustainability depends upon the farmers and producers in our supply chain. We believe we have a responsibility to protect our planet and to support the people who produce our tea and coffee. If they have a decent standard of living and favourable growing conditions, we will have a greater chance of securing quality tea and coffee for the long term to satisfy our consumers.
Please tell us what you are most excited about TEAM UP this year, and specifically your panel discussion on the importance of living wages and living incomes for smallholder farmers and workers?
Andy Brown: I always enjoy TEAM UP. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, share ideas and gain commitment to work towards a better tea industry. Aspiring for every worker to receive a living wage and every farmer a living income is fundamental to our values and our business model.
We believe this is the key to unlocking many issues in the communities where tea (and coffee) is grown and will underpin the future of our industry.
Please tell us why you think TEAM UP is such an important event for the tea sector?
Andy Brown: The issues that we face as an industry are far too big for any of us to tackle in isolation. We must commit and act together - sharing experiences and resources, being transparent with data and confronting the issues with intent. That’s what TEAM UP is, an opportunity for those of us in the tea sector to work together to create a better and more sustainable future.