Collaborating for a more sustainable supply chain
Because many global challenges are driven by multiple factors and systemic in nature, they can’t be solved by any organisation working alone. That’s why our family business is active in many collaborative projects, working with others to combine insights, resources and collective leverage to support the long-term sustainability of our global supply chain.
As a founder member of Tea 2030 we’re working as part of coalition of tea businesses and organisations to address sustainability issues within the tea industry. Led and facilitated by global not-for-profit Forum for the Future, the Tea 2030 project aims to understand and develop solutions to the key challenges facing the sector, such as vulnerability to climate change, higher costs for resources and changing trade patterns. Beyond securing a sustainable industry for the future, Tea 2030 hopes to make tea a ‘hero crop’, securing livelihoods and landscapes, and building a deeper connection between producers and consumers.
The Ethical Tea Partnership
Founded in 1997, the Ethical Tea Partnership works to improve the sustainability of tea production, the lives of tea workers and the environment in which tea is produced. Supported by five regional managers based in the main tea growing areas of the world, the ETP’s work includes producer support (such as training programmes in factory health and safety, and agrochemical management) and facilitating development programmes which help growers and producers adapt to climate change and other global issues.
World Coffee Research
In 2015 we became a member of World Coffee Research (WCR) – a not-for-profit collaborative agricultural research organisation working to protect the future of Arabica coffee and the livelihoods of those grow it. High quality Arabica coffee is limited in its genetic diversity, with current strains likely to be increasingly challenged by disease and climate change. Through international scientific research into combating disease, increasing seed stock and expanding diversity, WCF aims to build a more resilient supply chain for generations of farmers and coffee drinkers to come.
Closer to home, we’re working to explore how to develop a more sustainable local supply chain for Bettys via an organisation called Evolve. We helped establish Evolve in 2013 as a peer-based group with six key suppliers, all committed to learning and working together to become more sustainable. In 2015 the Evolve members identified seven shared sustainability commitments covering reducing environmental impact, workplace and community. A framework for each of the commitments – ranging from ‘starting’ to ‘trailblazing’ – has been developed, helping us and our suppliers measure progress, learn from each other and continually improve.