Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)Somnuek Laothang Tea factory4 stars

Place, CountryPhongsaly, Lao People's Democratic Republic

Certified Productstea green, tea blackfair for life logo
Certification ProgrammeFair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification
Performance Rating
ChapterContent of the Fair For Life - Social & Fair Trade ProgrammeMaximumRating
1Core Principles and Values1010
2Commitment to and Management of Fair Trade Policy2710
3Respect of Human Rights and Decent Working Conditions273143
4Respect of the Environment189132
5Local Development and Community Relations1611
6Trading and Supply chain relations5432
8Traceability, Transparency and Respect of the Consumer118
9Managing Certification and Performance4620
Total Score Performance Rating397
Certification for fair trade and responsible supply chains
Impact, special achievements & commitmentsPhongsaly district and provincial authorities has been promoting tea plantation since 1994/95 as replacement of opium poppy. Tea is a main agricultural product and has been considered as one of the seven prioritized products of Phongsaly province with long history of ancient tea resources of more than 400 years in Loungching village and other 28 villages with plantation tea areas in Phongsaly district and other 6 districts in the province which have average number of production in 3,300 ton/year of fresh leaves. Those areas are chemical free (organic by default) with such good resource and potential to commercially produce the tea.
FFL project start from the visit to Phongsaly Green Tea Factory and Somnuek Tea Factory in late 2017 of Cha Do, a German tea distributor with the support of Helvetas (a Swiss development organisation). Cha Do interested in importing tea as Organic and FFL certified. With the support of Helvetas by BioTrade and COPE project, these two tea factories are supported in improving activities on CSR and apply for FFL in 2018.

Reached percentage of the applicable Total Norm Points for the overall performance
Percentage63 %

Date of Certification
Last Update27.09.2019

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