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Dilmah
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Sustainability summary

Dilmah has achieved the E-label. Dilmah sells organic teas, however, it is not clear what part of total tea this represents. Dilmah invests in e.g. nature and social projects, the concrete performance and standards for environment, carbon emissions or labor conditions at production are not clear. For us as consumers, it is unclear to what extent Dilmah is committed to sustainability.

Brand owner: MJF Group
Head office: Peliyagoda, Sri Lanka
Sector: Tea brands
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Dilmah sustainability score report

Last edited: 25 January 2016 by Janine V.
Last reviewed: 25 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Dilmah implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint and aims to be climate neutral by the year 2017 (see link, page 21-26). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Until now, Dilmah only disclosed an estimation of its climate footprint in 2012 (2,480 tons of CO2e). Data and information on the climate footprint for other years are not yet published (see link, page 25-26). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Dilmah explains they have achieved an increase in energy derived from renewable sources. However, it is not clear what percentage of their energy comes from a sustainable source (see link, page 21-26). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. 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? Dilmah communicates its 'Carbon Neutral Dilmah Plan' (CPN) which includes the pledge to make Dilmah carbon neutral by the year 2017. However, it remains unclear to which extent is neutralisation is aimed to be achieved through actual greenhouse gas emission mitigation (see link, page 21-26). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain? Dilmah doesn't communicate concrete policy to reduce climate emissions generated from the supply chain, that is beyond own operations (see link, page 14). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 10
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? Dilmah has organic tea in their range of products. However, it is not clear what percentage of their total production this entails. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 10% 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 25% 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 50% 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 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified raw materials (such as fruit, herbs or sugar) for its products? Dilmah doesn't specify whether other ingredients, such as herbs, fruit and / or sugar, are environmentally certified. Source
8. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging and does the brand already show clear 'best practices' regarding more sustainable packaging? Dilmah has clear objectives to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging. However, no clear best practice measures are specified yet (see link, page 10-24). Source
9. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Dilmah implements several measures related to more sustainable packaging, but doesn't publish the packaging volumes/weights per material type (see link, page 21). Source
10. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Dilmah communicates a waste reduction policy, and reports on its waste material footprint for FY 14/15 (see link, page 21). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 9
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Through Dilmah's 'MJF Charitable foundation' measures to improve the tea farmers working and living conditions are implemented. However, concrete results on income improvement that goes beyond certification aren't yet specified (see link, page 35). 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? Dilmah doesn't specify, which share of its current tea supply is socially certified by standards such as Fairtrade, or can be considered compliant in accordance with respective standards. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% 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 25% 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 50% 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 75% 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) purchase 100% 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
8. Does the brand (company) purchase other ingredients (such as fruits, herbs or sugar) 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 these additional ingredients? Dilmah doesn't communicate if it purchases the additional ingredients from socially certified sources. Source
9. 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? Dilmah doesn't provide a list of suppliers. Source