Sourced with Care
Launched in 2016, Sourced with Care is Twinings’ tea and herbs responsible sourcing programme.
Every day, in gardens and farms across the world, hundreds of thousands of people grow, tend and harvest tea and herbs. We depend upon their skill and care for our fine ingredients and recognise the value they bring.
Sourced with Care aims to improve the lives of the communities where we source our tea and herbs. The programme focuses on three key areas: life opportunities; living standards; livelihoods and land.
Our vision is for healthier, happier, empowered, and sustainable communities in our supply chain.OUR APPROACH
Twinings has been at the forefront of progress in the world of tea for more than 300 years.
It all began in a little shop on the Strand in London, where Thomas Twining first started selling tea. Since then, we have expanded into a worldwide premium brand, with over 500 blends of tea sold in more than 100 countries.
The world has changed a lot in that time – but the shop is still there and so is our passion for the finest tea, created with respect for the people and communities we source from.
OUR SOURCED WITH CARE JOURNEY
25 years of ethical sourcing milestones
Ethical Tea Partnership
Twinings becomes one of the founding members of ETP, an organisation working to create a fairer, more sustainable tea industry for tea workers, farmers and the environment.
Start of Save the Children partnership in China
Partnership launches. 520,000 children helped so far.
Beginning of UNICEF partnership
Partnership launches in Assam.
Water, sanitation and hygiene
Work begins on tea estates in India.
Approved tea gardens
List established as part of a consolidated sourcing approach.
Sourced with Care
Programme launches along with first Twinings Community Needs Assessment in India and women’s health and empowerment project in Kenya.
Supply chain transparency
We become only the second major tea brand to publish list of tea gardens we source from.
Herbs supply chain
Project launches in Guatemala.
100% ethically sourced tea
Twinings achieves major ethical sourcing milestone. Meanwhile 500,000+ people now positively impacted by Sourced with Care.
First published Human Rights Report
TwiningsOvaltine published it's first Human Rights report
Our impact so far
Sourced with Care 2023 progress
includes 173,000+ women whose lives have been improved by health interventions, 180,000+ community members we have reached through handwashing and hygiene programmes, and 6,000 farmers trained in sustainable agriculture practices.READ PROGRESS REPORT
MEET THE TEAM
I have seen first-hand the positive impact our work has on tea communities, and this is the most fulfilling part of my work.”
Director of Social Impact and Sustainability
I believe Sourced with Care will give Twinings tea drinkers more pleasure, for both taste on palate and conscience in mind.”
Ethical Sourcing Manager, China and Indonesia
Seeing the positive change our interventions generate in the health and wellbeing of community members is my greatest joy.”
Ethical Sourcing Manager, Africa
Sourced with Care gives me opportunities to collaborate for change and apply ideas to drive ethical business agenda.”
Ethical Sourcing Manager, India and Sri Lanka
Lahari De Alwis
Ethical Sourcing Manager - Raw Materials
Working within a business gives you the power and influence to be a huge force for good – especially when you’re in a team like ours.”
Social Impact Manager and Human Rights Specialist
I love the impact that we can make through our Sourced with Care programmes. It makes me believe everyone holds the power for change.”
Ethical Sourcing Manager - FMIP
Our work enables us to understand, find and provide solutions to tackle challenges for our suppliers and the communities they sustain around the world.”
Nature and Climate Manager
Communications and Learning Manager