Save the Children in partnership with The Centre for Child Rights and Business (formerly CCR CSR), recently conducted a study on the impact of the tea industry in Sri Lanka on children.
The study identifies potential entry points for influence to making sustainable progress and improvement in the lives of children living within tea growing communities. The study has three main objectives; a). to analyse child rights risks specific to smallholder farms and mid-sized tea estates, b) to assess the level of impact of the policies and practices that the particular stakeholder may have on children, and c). to assess and map opportunities and potential areas of engagement to involve tea industry stakeholders for the wellbeing of children living within smallholder and mid-sized tea growing communities.
Among the findings, the study found that 79.9% of parents in Sri Lanka’s tea estates believed that there were potential risks and vulnerabilities to their children within their communities and 21.8% of children said they often witnessed violence.
Please read the full report here.