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Yogi Tea & sustainability


Yogi Tea
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 7 out of 25

Sustainability summary

Yogi Tea has achieved the D-label. According to us, Yogi Tea is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. Especially with respect to climate protection and fair labour / trade policy measures many questions remain open.

Brand owner: East West Tea Company, LLC
Head office: Springfield, OR, USA
Sector: Tea brands
Categories : 
Free Tags: Rainforest Alliance, USDA Organic, EU organic

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Yogi Tea sustainability score report

Last edited: 25 January 2016 by Marine
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? Yogi Tea implements several measures to reduce cliamte emissions, such as the use of renewable energy in Europe. 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? Yogi Tea doesn't publish the annual climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped reduce the total annual climate emissions. Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Yogi Tea states using renewable energy, but doesn't communicate up to date information about the percentage of its energy that is obtained from renewable sources. Also, type of energy and sources of supply aren't specified. 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? Yogi Tea doesn't communicate any information on target reductions for its climate emissions. Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the supply/production chain? Yogi Tea doesn't communicate a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from the supply chain. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

6 out of 10
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? Yogi Tea purchases tea from environmentally certified sources, such as USDA Organic, EU organic, EKO etc. Though Yogi Tea doesn't specify the percentage of organic certified tea of its entire global volume, it is certain that the majority of its tea supply is certified organic. In Europe its the entire assortment (see also next link). 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? Yogi Tea purchases environmentally certified raw materials for its tea products, such as fruits or spices. 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? Yogi Tea implements several measures to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging, such as using recycled paper materials only, minimally treating its packaging materials or eliminated the cellophane wrapping from all their products. 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? Yogi Tea states having reduced its packing material footprint, but doesn't report an up to date packaging material footprint. 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? Yogi Tea doesn't communicate concrete results about its waste reduction policies (including its annual waster materials footprint). 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? Yogi Tea doesn't provide concrete information about policy measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, that goes beyond certification. 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? YogiTea purchases some tea from a socially certified source, namely Rainforest Alliance. However, no concrete percentage proportion with regard to the overall sourcing volume of YogiTea is reported. 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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. 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? Yogi Tea doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers on its website. Source