June, 2022

TEAM UP 2022

150+ attendees | 20+ Speakers | 5+ interactive sessions

On 21 June 2022, our TEAM UP conference explored the tea sector’s most significant and challenging sustainability issues, and brought together business leaders and key players from across the tea value chain.

We heard from experts from within and beyond tea, and delegates shared their experiences. Click here for a round-up of the event.

On Economics
Attendees joined a live debate on approaches to living wage and living incomes in tea.

On Environment
An interactive panel invited delegates to explore the practicalities of achieving net zero.

On Equality
We were up on our feet in this high-energy, thought-provoking session that delved into the “how-to” of the latest Gender-Based Violence guidance and frameworks.

Throughout the day we encouraged honest, open debate and discussion. We focused on getting to the core of the issues and getting delegates questions answered. In the various breakout sessions, we concentrated on very specific issues to determine clear takeaways for attendees’ organisations.

TEAM UP 2022: Sustainability Solutions Speakers

A number of our expert speakers shared some initial insights ahead of TEAM UP 2022. Click here for detail on each of the day’s speakers.

TEAM UP is our conference for tea sustainability, organised and co-hosted together with IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative. The event brings together business leaders and key stakeholders to accelerate change across the tea sector.

The theme of this year’s TEAM UP was ‘Sustainability Solutions’. The purpose of the event was to share insights and generate action-orientated discussions relating to economic, equality, and environmental issues in tea.

Panellists and attendees explored the practicalities of achieving carbon net-zero tea value chains, delved into gender-based violence frameworks, and debated approaches to reaching living wages and incomes.

  • 10:15

    Networking breakfast & registrations

  • 11:00

    Plenary: TEA: Where are we coming from; and where do we want to go next?

    Ethical Tea Partnership, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative.

  • 11:30

    Environment: Driving net-zero transformation

    Following COP26 in Glasgow, governments and companies have set themselves ambitious targets to reach Net Zero by 2050. Implementing plans to reach this target is no small ask.


    In this opening session, we heard from the Ethical Tea Partnership’s expert climate lead on how the tea sector can drive net-zero transformation. A multi-stakeholder panel assessed how players across the tea value chain can transition from strategy to practice, as together we discussed what this means for the future of tea.


    Ethical Tea Partnership, FCDO Work and Opportunities for Women Programme Kenya Tea Development Agency Foundation, Tata Consumer Products Limited.

  • 12:30


  • 13:30

    Equality: What do guidance & frameworks to prevent Gender-based violence look like in practice for tea companies?

    Globally, women are more vulnerable than their male counterparts. Women in tea communities are particularly vulnerable, due to cultural norms in many tea-producing countries, poverty and gender-biased workplaces. Gender-based violence (GBV) remains evident in tea communities.


    In this session, leaders who have made commitments and been implementing guidance and frameworks that aim to address GBV shared their stories and experiences. Our panel of experts invited delegates to discuss:

    • How do you make sure that frameworks are contextualised?
    • What steps can you take in your business to reduce the risk of GBV in your supply chain?
    • Who are the key actors that we need to engage with to reduce GBV, and what are their roles?
    • What outcomes would you expect to see on the ground as a result of effective framework implementation?
    • How do you measure impact?


    Camellia, Ethical Tea Partnership, Ethical Trading Initiative, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Unilever.

  • 14:45

    Tea break

  • 15:15

    Economics: Rewarding the value in work, addressing inequalities & poverty alleviation

    ACT on Living Wages, ekaterra, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Taylors of Harrogate, Tesco, Tony’s Chocoloney.

  • 16:30

    Closing remarks: TEA: What now?

    Oxfam GB CEO Danny Sriskandarajah shared his takeaways from the day’s dynamic sessions as he closed the conference by asking how businesses can best implement their learnings from this year’s TEAM UP.


    Danny has been Chief Executive Officer of Oxfam GB since January 2019. Prior to that he spent six years as Secretary General of CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. He has previously been Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation and held various posts at the Institute for Public Policy Research.


    From 2018 to 2019 he was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, and from 2015 to 2016 a member of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance. He is a Trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee.


    Ethical Tea Partnership, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Oxfam GB.

  • 17:00

    Drinks reception at the venue until 19:00

    Note: From 17:15-18:00, Chair of the Ceylon Tea Roadmap 2030, Anil Cooke, and other key stakeholders from the Sri Lankan tea industry launched the Ceylon Tea Sustainability Framework in a breakout session after the conference.

Why join?

Hear industry leaders from within and beyond the tea sector share best practices, and get tangible advice on how to effectively implement their learnings in your business.

Connect with an influential audience of key stakeholders, including leading tea brands and producers, as well as civil society and government partners.

Understand where you should be focusing your sustainability efforts by joining creative, diverse and solutions-led discussions with your peers.


Feedback from previous TEAM UPs

“I’ve learned a number of things from TEAM UP, from the tea business itself, to climate change and human rights issues, and explored how we can add value across the supply chain.”

Sudi Biko Matara – CEO, Kenya Tea Development Agency Foundation

“I really liked the interaction with very different kinds of stakeholders…The discussion about stakeholders and how they interact with each other feels really important. So you’re not only talking about it, you’re putting it into practice.”

Nikki Van Der Gaag – Independent gender consultant (formerly Director of Gender Justice and Women’s Rights at OXFAM)

“My two highlights are one: collaboration; and the second one: collaboration! An industry-wide collaboration between packers, producers, NGOs, governments and actually everybody involved to create a more sustainable tea industry.”

Mick van Ettinger, Chief Marketing Officer Chief Marketing Officer, LIVEKINDLY (formerly Global Vice President Beverage at Unilever)


The venue

The in-person event took place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), in central London:

Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
United Kingdom.

Please note that it is an environmentally responsible building, and that all catering ingredients are vegetarian and sustainably sourced.


Photography disclaimer

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We thank you for your understanding.