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  • marcy v. 8 months ago
    Tea label giants vow probe after Sri Lanka labor abuse expose - report
    March 27, 2019 08:16 am

    Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply tea stamped slavery-free to top global companies are under investigation by ethical label groups after an expose found illegal wage deductions that have left some workers ill and unable to afford healthcare.

    An investigation by the Thomson Reuters Foundation found some workers at tea estates certified by Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade taking home as little as 26 Sri Lankan rupees (14 U.S. cents) a day after fees and deductions levied without consent.
  • marcy v. 8 months ago
    Do Sustainable Certifications For Coffee Really Help Coffee Growers?
    September 2, 20187:46 AM ET A new report suggests that when consumers buy sustainably-certified coffee, they have little way of knowing whether or how their purchase helps growers.
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    Most of the time, we don't know how our coffee is made. We don't know if children's hands handled the berries when they might have been handling pencils, if workers had respirators to protect against harsh agrochemicals or if global coffee prices shafted the farmer this year. Sustainable certifications, like the Rainforest Alliance's green frog tag or Fairtrade's yellow and blue sticker, are a way people try to verify their coffee is up to a certain standard.

    But, according to a recent paper from the Center for Global Development reviewing roughly 100 studies from the last decade, it's almost impossible to tell if those certifications have any measurable effect on coffee growers. "To do good analysis of impact, you need to plan that in from the beginning," says Kimberly Elliott, the author of the paper and a political scientist at the Center, an economic research nonprofit. "It's expensive to do that and, in the beginning, nobody was doing that."
  • marcy v. 8 months ago
    rainforest alliance is not the stamp of approval that it used to be when it was initiated. do some research recyclebank.
  • Alexis S. 1 year ago
    Learned something new.
  • Melba P. 1 year ago
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