Livelihoods and Land
Climate change is accelerating fast and poses a risk to smallholder tea farmers.
As extreme weather and natural disasters - like heat waves, irregular rainfall, flooding and drought - continue to affect the sowing and growing of healthy crops, the people who supply the ingredients for our products will become ever more vulnerable.
We’re committed to helping to preserve their quality of life and ensure they can rely on agriculture to support their families.
We’re on a journey to make all our tea and herbal infusions carbon neutral by 2030
To combat the impacts of climate change on communities in our supply chain, we’re working to become carbon neutral for our entire supply chain and operations, from tea bushes and peppermint fields to supermarket shelves. We will achieve this by reducing our energy use and opting for renewable options in our own operations and by supporting producers to reduce their emissions in our supply chain. Our UK operations are already carbon neutral, including our head office and factory.
We are also working with ClimateCare to distribute clean cook stoves and water filter in tea communities in Kenya. By reducing the need for firewood, these projects help to preserve trees and reduce deforestation, which help us offset carbon emissions of our supply chain while improving the life and living conditions in tea communities.
Helping farmers adapt to climate change
Farming communities are increasingly on the frontline of climate change and related environmental challenges, like water scarcity and poor soil health. We help them learn improved farming practices, so they can protect their livelihoods and combat the effects of climate change. That’s why we’re engaging with farming communities through our Twinings Community Needs Assessment to understand how we can best help farmers gain the knowledge, tools and skills they need to change.
What we aim to achieved
- By 2030, we will make all our tea and herbal infusions carbon neutral.
- We aim to reach 25,000 farming families with training on sustainable practices and income diversification by 2025 to improve their income and resilience to climate change.
"The intrinsic link between farming communities and the land they work on means it is imperative to support environmentally friendly agricultural resilience to ensure social sustainability. We want our supply chain to be working in harmony with nature and act as a force for good for both people and planet."
Head of Social Impact