On 21 June 2022, the TEAM UP conference explored the tea sector’s most significant and challenging sustainability issues, and brought together business leaders and key players from across the tea value chain.
We heard from experts from within and beyond tea, and delegates shared their experiences. Click here for a round-up of the event.
Attendees joined a live debate on approaches to living wage and living incomes in tea.
An interactive panel invited delegates to explore the practicalities of achieving net zero.
We were up on our feet in this high-energy, thought-provoking session that delved into the “how-to” of the latest Gender-Based Violence guidance and frameworks.
TEAM UP 2022: Sustainability Solutions Speakers
A number of our expert speakers shared some initial insights ahead of TEAM UP 2022. Click here to read our blog series.
Throughout the day we encouraged honest, open debate and discussion. We focused on getting to the core of the issues and getting delegates questions answered.
In the various breakout sessions, we concentrated on very specific issues to determine clear takeaways for attendees' organisations.
All times are BST.
Networking breakfast & registrations
Plenary: TEA: Where are we coming from; and where do we want to go next?
Ethical Tea Partnership, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative.
Environment: Driving net-zero transformation
Ethical Tea Partnership, FCDO Work and Opportunities for Women Programme Kenya Tea Development Agency Foundation, Tata Consumer Products Limited.
Equality: What do guidance & frameworks to prevent Gender-based violence look like in practice for tea companies?
Camellia, Ethical Tea Partnership, Ethical Trading Initiative, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Unilever.
Economics: Rewarding the value in work, addressing inequalities & poverty alleviation
ACT on Living Wages, ekaterra, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Taylors of Harrogate, Tesco, Tony’s Chocoloney.
Closing remarks: TEA: What now?
Ethical Tea Partnership, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Oxfam GB.
Drinks reception at the venue until 19:00
Note: From 17:15-18:00, Chair of the Ceylon Tea Roadmap 2030, Anil Cooke, and other key stakeholders from the Sri Lankan tea industry launched the Ceylon Tea Sustainability Framework in a breakout session after the conference.
Hear industry leaders from within and beyond the tea sector share best practices, and get tangible advice on how to effectively implement their learnings in your business.
Connect with an influential audience of key stakeholders, including leading tea brands and producers, as well as civil society and government partners.
Understand where you should be focusing your sustainability efforts by joining creative, diverse and solutions-led discussions with your peers.
Feedback from previous TEAM UPs
"I've learned a number of things from TEAM UP, from the tea business itself, to climate change and human rights issues, and explored how we can add value across the supply chain."
Sudi Biko Matara - CEO, Kenya Tea Development Agency Foundation
"I really liked the interaction with very different kinds of stakeholders...The discussion about stakeholders and how they interact with each other feels really important. So you're not only talking about it, you're putting it into practice."
Nikki Van Der Gaag - Independent gender consultant (formerly Director of Gender Justice and Women's Rights at OXFAM)
"My two highlights are one: collaboration; and the second one: collaboration! An industry-wide collaboration between packers, producers, NGOs, governments and actually everybody involved to create a more sustainable tea industry."
Mick van Ettinger, Chief Marketing Officer Chief Marketing Officer, LIVEKINDLY (formerly Global Vice President Beverage at Unilever)
The in-person event took place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), in central London:
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
Please note that it is an environmentally responsible building, and that all catering ingredients are vegetarian and sustainably sourced.
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