Pillars of Social Sustainability Initiative
Healthcare: Free medical clinics for co-op farmers and their families. We continuously upgrade healthcare facilities and medical equipment to better serve the co-op farmer community.
Education: Walters Bay builds and upgrades school infrastructures and provides educational materials to ensure a proper learning environment for everyone.
Fair Wages: Our co-op farmers receive above market rate standard compensation for their harvest, which serves to economically empower the tea farming communities.
Walters Bay believes in providing a sustainable living to all of our workers and co-op farmers. In addition, we provide worker benefits such as housing assistance, retirement savings, health care, schooling, and financial aid for co-op farmers to purchase their own leaf transportation trucks, thus increasing their financial productivity.
We provide continuing education for our co-op farmers by teaching them life skills through regular forums on how to manage and save their enhanced household income. In addition, classes on health, wellness and child education are offered. We believe that by empowering our workers, their contribution to the community will grow substantially.
By controlling our processing factory, our export facility, and the sales & marketing of our products, we have eliminated the need for additional middlemen, making it possible for our customers to source tea directly from origin. This farm-to-cup model has helped to transfer more financial benefits to our co-op farmers and their families.
All of our tea leaves are hand-plucked eliminating carbon emissions from mechanized harvesters.
Natural Pest Control
We encourage our co-op farmers to utilize natural pest control methods, which includes pest repellant plant varieties and regular tea plant inspections.
We maintain soil by using various grass and plant varieties to control erosion and performing regular soil analysis to optimize soil nutrients and moisture.