Leading tea and coffee company, Bettys & Taylors, has been announced a winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

The award recognises Bettys & Taylors’ work to build a sustainable tea and coffee supply chain. Over the last few years, the family business has transformed the way it works with suppliers and growers, helping them become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. By establishing long-term contracts and working together on quality and continuous improvement, the company is collaborating with its key suppliers to identify and address sustainability challenges together.

Natural Capital Partners is pleased to be supporting Taylors of Harrogate with one of its supply chain initiatives in Kenya. The 10 year programme will see the business work with key supply partner, the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) and engaging more than 3,000 tea farmers to plant one million trees, delivering carbon sequestration and a range of livelihood benefits. Through their involvement in the programme, tea farmers receive training on conservation farming to enhance land productivity and alternative crops and products to improve food security and develop new income streams.

“We have worked incredibly hard over the last few years with all our key growers to develop and roll out an innovative new approach to sustainable sourcing,” Bettys & Taylors’ Supply Director Keith Writer said. “We have a reputation for quality and a deep commitment for doing things properly, be they in Yorkshire or globally through our value chain and networks. This award is a great honour and achievement that serves to inspire and drive us to do even more in developing a thriving sustainable future for all our tea and coffee growers,” he continued.

The annual Queen's Awards for Enterprise is the UK's highest official accolade for business success, and are awarded with the aim of promoting excellence and driving economic growth.

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