Real benefits to our employees and communities as a result of certification are best illustrated in terms of our tea platform performance. Fairtrade continues to deliver consistent benefit to our Estate stakeholders as a result of increased income through premium sales prices (see below), whilst our new initiative to include small-scale growers in certified tea markets gains momentum. To date, a total of 2,699 small-scale tea growers are now registered under Rainforest Alliance and our first Fairtrade small-scale tea will be certified in 2016.
INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ASSOCIATION
All Rift Valley Tea Estates are certified.
Total FAIRTRADE income expensed within the Tea Estate communities over the last five years is over $1m
Income is largely spent on Healthcare – clinic construction/improvements Schools – construction and school fee subsidy Local Infrastructure – boreholes, community halls etc.
Makandi Estates Avocado and Macadamia production is certified. Avocados are exported to Tesco UK.