An ongoing commitment
And our commitment is only getting stronger. In the last few years, we’ve worked on a project that has seen us planting trees in and around Mount Kenya.
This area is one of our most important tea-growing regions. It’s also been stripped of much of its natural tree cover, but planting native tree species is helping to protect the land owned by the tea farmers who supply us.
We’ve worked with The International Small Group Tree Planting Association (TIST) and the Kenyan Tea Development Agency on this five year project and we’re incredibly proud to have helped plant over 1,500,000 trees around our Kenyan factories with 4000 farmers.
The trees these farmers have planted are already making a big difference to their livelihoods. Trees are planted at the top of the farms to hold the soil and prevent water run off in the rainy season. They’re planted between tea bushes to provide shade in the dry season and shelter when it’s cold. Some of the trees carry beehives to provide honey and cross-pollinate the crops. Others are fruit trees — such as mango, avocado and macadamia that can help farmers to earn an income beyond tea. All of them are sequestering carbon — as each quantifier who painstakingly measures the trees on every farm — will tell you.
Helping Kenyan tea farmers to plant trees will also allow us to offset approximately 35% of our carbon emissions, which is a big step towards reaching our Carbon Neutral goals.