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GEPA - Tee & sustainability


GEPA - Tee
Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 13 out of 19

Sustainability summary

GEPA has achieved the B-label. GEPA is one of the more sustainable GEPA brands. However, there are some improvements to be made.

Brand owner: GEPA - The Fairtrade Company
Head office: Wuppertal, Germany
Sector: Tea brands
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Free Tags: Gepa, Fairtrade, EU organic, Naturland

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GEPA - Tee sustainability score report

Last edited: 23 September 2018 by Daniel W.
Last reviewed: 23 September 2018 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 4
1. Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from its own operations as well as its product supply chain? Gepa implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of its own operations (e.g. providing bikes for their employees) and to compensate for carbon footprint of its supply chain, such as a reforestation program. Source
2. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? GEPA publishes the climate footprint of its own operations, but the reported climate footprint is more than two years old (see link, page 11). Source
3. Has the brand (owner) disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its supply chain that is 'beyond own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 2. Source
4. Has the brand (owner) set a target to make at least its own operations fully climate neutral by 2030, and is the brand on track to achieve this target? Gepa mentions several measures to reduce its climate footprint, but does not mention any specific target for climate neutrality. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 7
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? All of GEPA's tea has the EU-organic certificate, and some is also Naturland certified, giving it an environmental-certification score of at least 85%. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 30% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 70% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 95% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (owner) report what percentage of its consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recycled materials, and does the brand implement best practices or concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials? While GEPA packages its tea with largely renewable foil and partly recycled paper, it does not specify the overall percentage of recycled or renewable packaging materials, nor any annual reduction in packaging materials. Source
7. Does the brand (owner) publish its absolute waste materials footprint and implement concrete policies to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, thereby decreasing its waste footprint compared to the previous reporting year? GEPA does not communicate any information regarding efforts to minimise the impact of its waste generation. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

8 out of 8
1. Does the brand (owner) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers’ income that goes beyond certification? GEPA implements measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, that goes beyond certification. For instance, GEPA's supplier 'Small Organic Farmers' Association" receives a 109% higher premium per kilogram tea (6,44 €), compared to the regular Fairtrade premium (3,07 €). Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? GEPA purchases tea from Fairtrade and applies its own, often stricter, standards through the Fair program, such that, in total, its tea is 100% socially certified. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 20% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 40% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 60% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 80% tea from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) use socially certified tea for at least 95% of its volume, thus combating child labor and forced labour, and providing a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tea? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of tea suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of tea? This list covers all of GEPA’s active suppliers. Source