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7 March 2013 | Adam Leach
Numi Organic Tea has implemented a fair labour verification programme to improve conditions for workers in its global supply chain.
The programme will see each company in the supply chain audited to give the firm complete transparency. The audits will be carried out each year by SCS Global Services and other authorised third parties. Suppliers will be required to demonstrate continuous improvement and all must be certified as organic.
Brian Durkee, vice president of operations for Numi Organic Tea, said: “Fair labour practices are our guidebook for continuous improvement. We take great care in developing meaningful relationships with our suppliers and this programme helps accomplish that.”
The company – which was the largest purchaser of Fair Trade certified tea in the US in 2010 - has required its suppliers in China to comply with fair labour practices for the past four years, but the new initiative will cover the entire global supply chain.