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Celestial Seasonings & sustainability


Celestial seasonings

First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 4 out of 17

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, Celestial Seasonings has achieved the E-label. Although a significant part of the tea is organic, it is not clear for what percentage of total tea. Celestial Seasonings does not report much concrete about the policies for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions in low-wages countries / fairtrade. For us as consumers, it is unclear to what extent Celestial Seasonings is committed to sustainability.

Brand owner: The Hain Celestial Group
Head office: Melville, NY, United States
Sector: Tea brands
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Celestial Seasonings sustainability score report

Last edited: 30 September 2014 by Severin
Last reviewed: 30 September 2014 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 5
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Hain Celestial (brand owner of Celestial Seasonings) has taken several policy measures to reduce its carbon emissions, such as using renewable energy (see link, p. 24). Source
2. Publiceert het merk (bedrijf) over de 'CO2 voetafdruk' als gevolg van zijn eigen bedrijfsvoering? "Hain Celestial reports a reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions (ghg) at a rate 13x improved versus prior year (reduction of 6,500 tons). But, Hain Celestial does not publish a comprehensive ghg footprint. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices (see link, p. 26)." Source
3. Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated the carbon footprint of its ‘own operations’ by at least 10% in the last 5 years? See remark for climate change question 2. Source
4. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Hain Celestial aims to reduce their CO2 emissions by 10% year-over-year through 2020 (see link, p. 5). Source
5. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain? Hain Celestial does not communicate a policy to reduce the carbon emissions in the supply chain that is beyond own operations on its website. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 6
1. Has the brand (company) signed a commitment to increase annually purchased volume of environmentally certified raw materials (coffee and/or tea) purchased to at least 75% by 2015? Neither Hain Celestial nor Celestial Seasonings communicates whether it has signed the commitment, on its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source
2. Does the brand purchase its coffee and/or tea from environmentally certified sources that include standards on eg water usage during processing, banning or reduce chemicals and pesticides, preserving biodiversity and stopping deforestation? Hain Celestial reports that 60% of their products sold in the US and in Canada are organic certified (see link, p. 12). Celestial Seasoning does also not use GMO ingredients. However Celestial Seasonings does not report anything about specific certifications or the amount of certified used products. Source
3. Does the brand purchase at least 25% of its coffee and/or tea from environmentally certified sources which include standards on eg water usage during processing, banning or reduce chemicals and pesticides, preserving biodiversity and stopping deforestation? See remark for environmental policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand purchase at least 50% of its coffee and/or tea from environmentally certified sources which include standards on eg water usage during processing, banning or reduce chemicals and pesticides, preserving biodiversity and stopping deforestation? See remark for environmental policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand purchase 100% of its coffee and/or tea from environmentally certified sources which include standards on eg water usage during processing, banning or reduce chemicals and pesticides, preserving biodiversity and stopping deforestation? See remark for environmental policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand have clear objectives to reduce the weight, or increase the sustainability of its consumer packaging and does the brand annually report on these results? Celestial Seasonings uses tea boxes that are made from 100% recycled paperboard, including 35% post-consumer waste (see link, p. 23). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 6
1. Does the brand (company) purchase coffee and/or tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee and/or tea? Hain Celestial uses audits to ensure social and ecological standards. But they do not report, if the plantations are certified and if Celestional Seasoning purchase their tea from these plantations (see link, p. 30). Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% of its coffee and/or tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee and/or tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% of its coffee and/or tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee and/or tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% of its coffee and/or tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee and/or tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase 100% of its coffee and/or tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee and/or tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (company) have a published list of coffee and/or tea suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Neither Hain Celestial, nor Celestial Seasonings provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source