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Celestial Seasonings & sustainability


Celestial Seasonings
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Sustainability summary

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 / fair trade. For us as consumers, it is unclear to what extent Celestial Seasonings is committed to sustainability.

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

Last edited: 23 September 2018 by Barry
Last reviewed: 23 September 2018 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 4
1. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from its own operations as well as its product supply chain? Hain Celestial, brand owner of Celestial Seasonings, implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain, such as setting science-based targets to reduce emissions of their own operations and sourcing deforestation-free material. Source
2. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Hain Celestial's climate entry at the Carbon Disclosure Project is not publicly available and their latest sustainability report is more than two years old, so it is not clear if Hain Celestial has published and reduced the climate footprint of its own operations. Source
3. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? Hain Celestial's climate entry at the Carbon Disclosure Project is not publicly available and their latest sustainability report is more than two years old, so it is not clear if Hain Celestial has published and reduced the climate footprint of its supply chain. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Hain Celestial mentions it will set a science-based goal to reduce their climate emissions, but has not yet published a climate neutrality goal. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 7
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? Hain Celestial sells Fairtrade and EU Organic products but mentions this only in an outdated sustainability report that also does not specify what percentage of the total sales volume these products represent (see link, page 14, 16). A more recent shareholder report makes a similarly unspecific claim (see link next question, page 4). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 30% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 70% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 95% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? Hain Celestial, the brand owner of Celestial Seasonings, reports that some of its packaging materials (i.e. tea folding paper cartons) are made from recycled or Forest Stewardship Council certified materials, but does not report annual reductions nor best practices regarding its packaging materials (see link, page 15). Source
7. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? Hain Celestial, the brand owner of Celestial Seasonings mentions its waste footprint per production volume decreased 12% between 2013 and 2015; however, this is not an absolute result and is over 2 years old (see link, page 12). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 8
1. Does the brand (owner) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers’ income that goes beyond certification? It remains unclear if Hain Celestial, the brand owner of Celestial Seasonings, has a policy to improve farmers' income. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? Hain Celestial, the brand owner of Celestial Seasonings mentions that its products are certified Fair Trade, but does so in an outdated sustainability report and is not clear about what percentage of the total sales volume these products represents (see link, page 16). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 20% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 40% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 60% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 80% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) use socially certified tea for at least 95% of its volume, thus combating child labor and forced labour, and providing a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of tea suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of tea? Celestial Seasonings doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source