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Twinings
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 4 out of 25

Sustainability summary

Twinings has achieved the D-label. Twinings has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Associated British Foods
Head office: London, UK
Sector: Tea brands
Categories : 
Free Tags: ABF, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified

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Twinings sustainability score report

Last edited: 25 January 2016 by Emily
Last reviewed: 25 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Twinings implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as improving energy efficiency, increasing the use renewable energy and decreasing weight packaging (see link, page 52-54). 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? Twinings publicly reports its own operations climate footprint. In 2013/14 it had a total footprint of 23,561.197 tonnes of CO2e. However, a climate footprint of previous years isn't made public (see link, page 52). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Twinings reports that its aiming to increase its use of renewable energy, but doesn't its current percentage share of renewable energy use (see link, page 53). 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? Twinings doesn't communicate any information on target reductions by at least 20% in the next five years. Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain? Twinings has a concrete policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain. Such as implementing climate adaption measures at tea farmers in Kenya, and reports on results realized (see link, page 56-58). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 10
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? Twinings purchases some of its tea from an environmentally certified sources, namely: Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified and Fairtrade. However, Twinings doesn't specify the percentage share of its total tea supply (see link, page 18). 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? Twinings doesn't mention any environmental certification for ingredients other than tea. 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? Twinings has clear objectives to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging. However, no clear best practice measures are specified yet (see link, page 48). 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? Twinings doesn't report a specific packaging material footprint. However, brand owner ABF reports its annual packaging material footprint on group level (see link, page 18). 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? Twinings reports its annual waste footprint and has reduced the net waste by 20% since 2012, (see link, page 48). 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? As a member of 'Ethical Tea Partnership' (ETP) Twinings implements measures to improve the tea farmers working and living conditions. However, concrete results on income improvement that goes beyond certification aren't yet specified. 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? Twinings reports that all its supplying tea farmers participate in the ETP programme. However, it isn't specified which share of its current tea supply is socially certified by standards such as Fairtrade, UTZ Certified or Rainforest Alliance, 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? Twinings doesn't mention any social certification for ingredients other than tea. 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? Twinings doesn't provide a list of direct suppliers. Source