Quality comes first at McLeod Russel and to achieve internationally recognised certifications we have invested on nearly all our estates' accreditations that provide our customers with assurance that we follow best practice policies.
These certifications include HACCP, Rainforest Alliance, Ethical Tea Partnership and Fairtrade certificates. Our estates are GMP/SAP & EU MRL compliant. We take great pride in promoting and publishing these prestigious accreditations.
Fairtrade Our products are certified in accordance with Fairtrade standards and come with the FAIRTRADE Mark set by Fairtrade International (Fairtrade International doesn't certify or audit).
Fairtrade aims for a world in which disadvantaged producer countries get a better deal, much in sync with our objectives. Producer organisations that supply FAIRTRADE products are inspected and certified by independent certifier FLOCERT. Producers receive a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production and an extra premium that is invested in social or economic development projects.
Know more www.fairtrade.org.uk
Rainforest AllianceThe Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensures sustainable livelihoods. Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travellers.
From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, Rainforest Alliance involves businesses and consumers worldwide in their efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily. Farms and forestry enterprises that meet their comprehensive criteria receive the Rainforest Alliance certification seal.
Our products are Rainforest Alliance certified, adhering to the organisation's standards for sustainability to conserve wildlife and wetlands and promote the well-being of workers and their communities.
Know more www.rainforest-alliance.org
HACCP - (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point)Our production processes are aligned with the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system that is aimed at identifying, assessing and helping manage potential risks associated with food production and safety. By means of in-house controls, these risks are systematically monitored and documented.
At McLeod Russel, independent experts regularly monitor and assess these documentations as well as the production process itself. All risks, which might negatively affect the quality of the product and the safety of our employees, thus ultimately the health of the consumer, are strictly controlled.
Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), as the name suggests, endeavours to create a thriving tea industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable through ethical partnerships. This non-profit organisation began work in 1997 as the Tea Sourcing Partnership, an organisation started by a number of UK-based tea packing companies who shared the following four core beliefs -
In September 2004, the Tea Sourcing Partnership changed its name to the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP). The new name explains more clearly what they do and also marks a new phase of growth when ETP would be communicating more actively with their stakeholders and playing a more proactive role in the ethical trading of tea.
Know more www.ethicalteapartnership.org
ISOOur teas are ISO certified. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO, as a network of the national standards institutes of 163 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.
A non-governmental organization, ISO bridges the gap between the public and private sectors. On the one hand, many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated by their government. On the other hand, other members have their roots uniquely in the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships of industry associations.
Therefore, ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society.
Know more www.iso.org
- Share responsibility for the social and ethical conditions involved in sourcing the tea that is being bought.
- Ensure activities in this area are non-competitive and apolitical.
- Respect the cultural and legislative differences in tea producing countries, but aspire to international standards.
- Seek to work in partnership with tea producers.