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Tazo
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 5 out of 19

Sustainability summary

Tazo has achieved the D-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort Tazo is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Unilever
Head office: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Sector: Tea brands
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Free Tags: Unilever, Ethical Tea Partnership

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Tazo sustainability score report

Last edited: 23 September 2018 by Angela
Last reviewed: 2 October 2018 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 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? Unilever (brand owner of Tazo since November 2017), implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of both its own operations and its supply chain, such as using renewable energy and eliminating deforestation throughout their value chain. 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? In 2016, the most recent year for which climate data relevant to Tazo are available, Tazo's then brand owner Starbucks reported a climate footprint of its own operations of 1.2 million tonnes CO2, a reduction of 11% compared to the previous year (see link, section CC8). 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? In 2016, the most recent year for which climate data relevant to Tazo are available, Tazo's then brand owner Starbucks reported a climate footprint of its supply chain of 15.2 million tonnes CO2, an increase of 49% compared to the previous year (see link, section CC14). 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? Unilever has set a target to achieve climate neutrality by 2030 and is on track to do so as it has reduced its emissions per tonne production by 5.6% in 2016 compared to the planned 5% (see link, CC3). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 7
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? Unilever is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and purchases 71% of its tea from Rainforest Alliance (RA), but it is not clear what percentage of tea is ETP-certified, nor whether its RA tea is 100% RA-certified. Its tea is therefore at least 21% environmentally certified. 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? Starbucks, brand owner of Tazo in 2016, reports that their cups contain 10 % post-consumer recycled fiber and provides incentives to customers to re-use their cup, but does not report the total percentage of recycled or renewable materials used for its consumer packaging. 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? Starbucks, brand owner of Tazo in 2016, mentions being active in waste management, but concrete aggregate results regarding its annual absolute waste footprint are not made public. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 8
1. Does the brand (owner) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers’ income that goes beyond certification? Unilever, current brand owner of Tazo, aims by 2020 to sustainably source all their tea, but they do not state that they currently already go beyond these social certifications. 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? Unilever is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and purchases 71% of its tea from Rainforest Alliance (RA), but it is not clear what percentage of tea is ETP-certified, nor whether its RA tea is 100% RA-certified. Its tea is therefore 21% socially certified. 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? Unilever, current brand owner of Tazo, does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source