The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people can enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

We link our goals and visions closely to the “Sustainable Development GOALS” of the United Nations. The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all member states of the United Nations in 2015, offers a common blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future. It focuses on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call from all countries developed and developing in a global partnership. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivation must go hand in hand with strategies to improve health and education, reduce inequality and boost economic growth – while combating climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

An end to poverty in all its forms everywhere. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

The decline in global extreme poverty continues, but has slowed down. The slowdown shows that the world is not on track to meet the target of less than 3 per cent of the world living in extreme poverty by 2030. People who continue to live in extreme poverty face deep, deep-rooted deprivation, often exacerbated by violent conflict and vulnerability to disasters. Strong social protection systems and public spending on key services often help those left behind to get back on their feet and escape poverty. But these services need to be scaled up.

Hunger is on the rise again worldwide and malnutrition continues to affect millions of children. Public investment in agriculture is declining worldwide, small food producers and family farmers need much more support, and increased investment in infrastructure and technology for sustainable agriculture is urgently needed.

If we look at the origins of many tea varieties, it is countries that are affected by great poverty. Countries like India, Sri Lanka, Kenya or Malawi. It is important for TEA 4 TREES to offer the highest quality products. However, it is equally important to us to ensure that farmers and other participants in the value chain receive fair and appropriate wages. TEA 4 TREES sets high standards for this in cooperation with the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP). As a partner of ETP, we will support the organisation financially through our sales in order to maintain controls on compliance with the standards and to continue to launch support programmes such as school development. An important criterion for the selection of our tea supplier is that they meet the standards of ETP. Only in this way can we create a truly fair product for all parties involved.

Ensure a healthy life and promote well-being for all age groups

Much progress has been made in improving the health of millions of people, increasing life expectancy, reducing maternal and child mortality and tackling leading communicable diseases. However, progress in tackling major diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis has stalled or is not progressing fast enough, while at least half of the world’s population lacks access to basic health services and many of them suffer from inadequate financial difficulties, potentially pushing them into extreme poverty. Focused efforts are needed to achieve universal health insurance and sustainable health financing, to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, including mental health, and to combat antimicrobial resistance and determinants of health such as air pollution and inadequate water and sanitation.

A correlation between poverty, hunger and general health can be identified. For example, people living in poverty are at greater risk of dying of or suffering from supposedly harmless diseases. Our partner organisation, the Ethical Tea Partnership, not only monitors the work under fair conditions and fair wages and not only builds schools, but also informs the local people about healthier nutrition. In this way, possible diseases may not even arise in the first place.

Tea is a versatile foodstuff that can be enjoyed in a wide variety of flavours. However, it is especially important to us to offer a healthy food. Adults should drink about 2.5 litres of water a day. For all those who find water not exciting enough, tea is the ideal solution for maintaining the water balance.

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Reducing inequality within and between countries

While some indicators of gender equality are making progress, such as a significant decrease in the prevalence of female genital mutilation and early marriage, overall figures remain high. Moreover, insufficient progress on structural issues underlying gender inequality, such as legal discrimination, unfair social norms and attitudes, decision-making on sexual and reproductive issues and low political participation, undermines the capacity to achieve the sustainable development objective 5.

Inequality within and between nations remains a major concern despite progress and efforts to reduce differences in opportunities, income and power. Income inequality continues to increase in many parts of the world, even though the lowest 40 per cent of the population in many countries have recorded positive growth rates. More emphasis needs to be placed on reducing income disparities as well as those based on other factors. Additional efforts are needed to improve duty-free access for exports from LDCs and developing countries and to improve support for LDCs and small island developing states.

From the extraction of raw materials in the countries on the ground, through the value chain to the finished product, we presuppose equality for all genders and individuals and do not tolerate any exceptions. This is monitored by our partner organisation ETP. In addition, ETP is actively involved on the ground in the individual countries when it comes to more recognition and power for women and girls.

Equal rights play an important role in our corporate culture. No person is disadvantaged or given preferential treatment on the basis of gender, origin, political or sexual orientation, age, religion or skin colour. This is strictly adhered to in our company.

Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Sustainable economic growth can drive progress and provide the means to achieve sustainable development goals. Labour productivity has increased worldwide and unemployment has returned to pre-financial crisis levels. However, the global economy is growing more slowly. Further progress is needed to improve employment opportunities, especially for young people, to reduce informal employment and the gender pay gap and to promote a safe working environment to create decent work for all.

Sustainable action is likely to be promoted even more in developing countries if consumers are made more widely aware of it. A positive trend towards food with organic certification, which means that no genetic engineering, chemical pesticides or fertilisers are used, can already be seen. In this respect, TEA 4 TREES sees itself as responsible for further improving the perception of certified organic products and increasing the demand for such products. The increased demand for organic certified products will strengthen a more sustainable way of operating. We are already organically certified by the Society for Resource Protection and promote sustainable raw material production.

Ensuring sustainable consumer and production goods

Global material consumption has increased rapidly, as has the material footprint per capita, which seriously jeopardises the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 12 and its wider objectives. Urgent action is needed to ensure that current material needs do not lead to an over-exploitation of resources or degradation of environmental resources, and should include measures to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and apply sustainability practices in all sectors of the economy.

Point 12 of the Sustainable Development Goals is very close to our hearts. In Germany we still live for the most part in a throwaway society. Countless foodstuffs are thrown away unnecessarily, and an infinite amount of waste continues to be produced. We want to work against this:

  • At TEA 4 TREES you get a high-priced premium product which should be consumed consciously
  • TEA 4 TREES has intensively studied the packaging material. There was contact with producers of compostable packaging materials – however, these packagings could not pass the tests of usability (aroma protection). We now offer the tea in stand-up pouches made of recyclable PE film. Since the labels are also made of PE film, the entire packaging can be recycled. With other suppliers, the information on disposal is in the yellow bag, but recycling is not possible. For the following reason: these suppliers sell the tea in stand-up pouches made of kraft paper (outside) with an aluminium insert (inside to protect the flavours), which are difficult to separate. For this reason, such bags are heavy or cannot be recycled.

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its effectsErgreifen Sie dringend Maßnahmen zur Bekämpfung des Klimawandels und seinen Auswirkungen. Protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable management of forests, combating desertification and halting and reversing land degradation and halting the loss of biodiversity

With rising greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is happening much faster than expected and its effects are being felt worldwide. While there are positive steps in terms of climate financing flows and the development of nationally determined contributions, much more ambitious plans and accelerated action on mitigation and adaptation are needed. Access to finance and capacity building needs to be developed much faster, especially for Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.

There are some encouraging global trends in protecting terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity. Forest loss is slowing down, more important areas of biodiversity are being protected and more financial support is being channelled into biodiversity conservation. However, it is unlikely that the 2020 targets of the Sustainable Development Target 15 will be met, land degradation continues, biodiversity loss is alarming and invasive species and illegal poaching and trade in wildlife continue to undermine efforts to protect and restore vital ecosystems and species.

Tea is a wonderful food If we look at the water consumption in production and compare tea with other foods or goods, tea is a very environmentally friendly product. For example, 750 ml brewed tea requires only 90 litres of water, while other products require several hundred litres of water.

In addition to our goal of sustainable operations, we also attach great importance to restoring the ecological balance. This is why we are committed to the fight against the climate crisis. TEA 4 TREES ensures that one tree is planted per unit of tea sold.

The planting will be done by our partner organisation Plant-for-the-Planet, which has set itself the ambitious goal of planting 1,000 billion trees. We see this as a reliable partner who will plant trees where there is enough space, the framework conditions for the trees are right and the best possible effect against the climate crisis can be achieved. In addition, Plant-for-the-Planet trains children to become ambassadors to sensitize people to a more environmentally conscious life.

Strengthening implementation capacity and revitalising the global partnership for sustainable development

Rapid progress has been made on some means of achieving the objectives: Personal remittances are at an all-time high, an increasing proportion of the world’s population has access to the Internet, and the technology bank for the least developed countries has been set up. Nevertheless, significant challenges remain: Official Development Assistance is declining, private investment flows are not well directed towards sustainable development, a significant digital divide remains and trade tensions persist. Increased international cooperation is needed to ensure that sufficient resources are available for implementation to enable countries to achieve sustainable development goals.

To best implement the TEA 4 TREES concept, reliable partners with relevant experience are needed. We have found them. The Ethical Tea Partnership ensures fair working conditions and fair wages for farmers and stakeholders in the supply chain, which can increase prosperity in poorer countries. This promotes global networking in poorer regions as well. Plant-for-the-Planet has employees worldwide to manage the planting projects. We want to reach not only Germany, but Europe and beyond with our tea varieties. In order to be able to offer tea as globally as possible for a conscious enjoyment of tea, taking into account environmentally friendly measures.