Tea India is tea sold in India

Tea Promoters India

Tea Promoters India (TPI)

TPI is an Indian private company owned by the Mohan family, which is characterized by exceptional social and ecological commitment. This commitment has been supported since 1990 by the German fair trade company GEPA and Naturland. Today the company comprises seven tea gardens (Tea Estates) in the well-known Indian tea-growing areas: four in Darjeeling, two in Assam and one in Dooars. In addition, we have been working with four tea farmers' cooperatives for some time. The company is based in Kolkata. This is where the tea is processed and packaged. As a result, around 340 permanent jobs have been created in Kolkata (160 for women).
One of the main goals of TPI is to end the feudal colonial structures in the Indian tea sector, to promote organic tea production, to offer the workers on the plantations and in processing, along with correct wages, exemplary social benefits (see below) and to offer them the To enable participation in decisions within the management of the plantations. TPI shows great commitment in the areas of advancement of women and (school) education. Today, 60% of management positions are held by women, and school attendance for children is actively encouraged. As a further pioneering achievement, TPI involves 250 small-scale tea producers (including 160 women) in its work. The establishment of new cooperatives, the purchase and distribution of tea plants, the technical support of the tea producers, etc. will be among other things. Financed with funds from the Fairtrade Premium. TPI has been Fairtrade certified since 1995 and is considered a pioneer for fair trade tea. Today, individual tea gardens are Naturland Fair certified.

The producers

In total, TPI employs over 3850 workers on the tea plantations, around 60% of whom are women. In the main harvest season, numerous harvest workers from the surrounding villages join them. The cultivation is 100% organic. In addition to the ecological cultivation, the exemplary social programs of TPI deserve special mention: New residential buildings and the associated infrastructure were built on the plantations. All workers are organized in the tea workers union. The daily wage corresponds to the statutory minimum wage. Furthermore, the workers receive all social benefits stipulated in the “Labor Plantation Act” such as vacation, sickness benefits, maternity leave, discounted food, housing and retirement benefits. In addition, TPI offers its employees comprehensive educational offers (in Samabeong up to high school graduation) and health care (e.g. mother-and-child program, AIDS education, vaccinations, health checks). The distribution of medication for old, needy and chronically ill workers are just as much additional benefits as the granting of cheap loans to employees and workers. Some of the workers grow their own vegetables for their own needs and keep some goats, pigs and cows.

The organic teas from TPI are available as Darjeeling & Celyon-Darjeeling organic teas and mate green tea from EZA, WELTLÄDEN and in selected grocery stores, and are one of the ingredients of BIOSFAIR.

Additional Information: GEPA fair-plus, www.fairtrade.net, www.teapromoters.com;

Sources: TPI, GEPA, EIF 3/2019; (EZA, current Feb. 2021)

Benefits from fair trade

Fair trade has supported TPI's ambitious social program since the 1990s by paying a FAIRTRADE premium. 10% of the tea price is paid into a fund administered by the workers' representatives. The FAIRTRADE Premium Committee, which is made up of representatives from management and employees, decides on the use of the funds. The main purpose of the fund is to improve the living conditions of the workers and may not be used for investments that the plantation owners are legally obliged to make.

  • With the first funds, a community center was built on the Samabeong Tea Estate, in which larger festivities, but also courses can be held and a school (high school) is housed.
  • The improvement of workers' accommodation,
  • the establishment of an additional pension fund for the pickers,
  • various courses and training programs,
  • Free time activities,
  • Scholarships and
  • The support of the tea cooperatives was financed by joint decision with funds from the FAIRTRADE premium.