End human trafficking in Assam's tea gardens
Tata Global Beverages is one of the largest tea companies in the world. They provide us with such iconic brands such as Tetley and are the major shareholder of the APPL tea plantations in Assam where there are ongoing reports of human trafficking out of the gardens occurring. We believe Tata Global Beverages, one of the biggest tea companies in the world, can do something to stop this.
Thanks to pressure from activists around the world, Tata has released a plan to address human trafficking but it doesn’t go far enough or address our requests. Tata has indicated that they are not breaking the law and we agree. This is yet another situation where the law is not enough to end human trafficking. We are again calling on Tata to show leadership and address the matters we have raised. This means:
Being transparent about the steps the company is taking in this area.
Producing a detailed action plan with clear deadlines and financial investment towards specific commitments to reduce workers’ vulnerability to modern slavery.
Leading other industry players in a joint effort to tackle the root causes of the problem.
Tata has a significant role to play and must take their share of the responsibility in tackling this crime – with your support, we can make sure they do.
Take action now: Call on Tata to take responsibility and ensure transparency in addressing human trafficking in the tea plantations of Assam, India.
Note: We want to be really clear — we are not accusing Tata Global Beverages of trafficking girls from Assam. We are, however, concerned that Tata Global Beverages is engaged in a labour conditions via Amalgamated Plantations in Assam that is fuelling unique forms of vulnerability to being trafficked. Of all the possible players, Tata Global Beverages has the power to do the most good in this situation and that is why we are calling on them to engage.
- CEO Tata Global Beverages Group
Mr Ajoy K Misra
- Tata Global Beverages Group
- Global Chief Human Resources Officer
Mr KS Srinivasan
End human trafficking from Assam's tea gardens.
I believe Tata Global Beverages is in a position to show leadership in ending human trafficking from the tea gardens of Assam.
We call on Tata Global Beverages (TGB) to:
Be transparent. Release a full, unedited version of the Solidaridad report on the conditions in the garden and provide more details about the project being undertaken in Assam with the Ethical Tea Partnership and UNICEF.
Commit to real action. Produce a more detailed action plan with clear deadlines and details of financial investment towards specific commitments to reduce workers vulnerability to human trafficking. This should include: the introduction of contracts for all workers with payment of a living wage, compliance with minimum health and safety standards and a clear grievance procedure.
Show leadership in improving working conditions on tea gardens. The Solidaridad report calls for "a multi-stakeholder dialogue is initiated that would particularly focus on value and quality of non-cash components of wage" Tata Global Beverages should lead this process.
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