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Yogi Tea & sustainability


Yogi Tea
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 8 out of 19

Sustainability summary

Yogi Tea has achieved the C-label. According to us, Yogi Tea is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. Especially with respect to climate protection and fair labour / trade policy measures many questions remain open.

Brand owner: East West Tea Company, LLC
Head office: Springfield, OR, USA
Sector: Tea brands
Categories : 
Free Tags: Rainforest Alliance, USDA Organic, EU organic

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Yogi Tea sustainability score report

Last edited: 2 October 2018 by Maarten
Last reviewed: 23 September 2018 by Maarten

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 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? Yogi Tea implements several measures to reduce the climate emissions of their own operations and their supply chain, such as by using renewable energy at their production locations and offices (see link Environmental Policy question 7), and by supporting reforestation programs in Madagascar (see link). 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? Yogi Tea has published its climate footprint for 2017 (48.59 metric tons of CO2 equivalent), but does not provide previous reporting years for comparison, so it is unclear if a reduction has been achieved (see link, page 34). 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? Yogi Tea publishes the climate footprint of its supply chain for 2016, which already amounts to 0 tonnes of CO2 (see link p. 34). 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? Yogi Tea does not communicate any information on its climate footprint towards a climate neutrality goal for its own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 7
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified tea for at least 5% of its volume? Yogi Tea does not report exact global numbers, but its entire EU assortment (~50% of its revenue) is EU-organic, and its US assortment (~50% of its revenue) is at least 70% USDA-organic. Moreover, at least 20% of its tea is purchased from Rainforest Alliance. Together, this yields a 75% environmental score (see links Environmental Questions 1-4). 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? Yogi Tea states they print all packaging with environmentally-friendly, vegetable-based inks and packages all of its teas in 100% recycled paperboard, which are shipped in cases made of 100% recycled cardboard. 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? Yogi Tea has taken steps to reduce waste related to packaging, but has not published an annual waste footprint nor communicated concrete policies. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 8
1. Does the brand (owner) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers’ income that goes beyond certification? Yogi Tea doesn't provide concrete information about policy measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, that goes beyond certification. 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? Yogi Tea purchases at least 20% of its tea from Rainforest Alliance, but does not specify what percentage of these tea leaves are truly sourced according to Rainforest Alliance's standards. Thus, their tea leaves are at least 6% environmentally certified (see link, page 27). 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? Yogi Tea doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers on its website. Source