Sustainability

"A sustainable business meets customer needs while treating the environment well. Environmental protection, righteous agricultural practices, producing high quality Ceylon tea and improving the quality of life of our people is the basis of our sustainable business philosophy.".


Environment

Through our strong and holistic sustainability initiatives, we transform Tea Estates in to Tea Sanctuaries, while maintaining our status as one of the top tea plantation companies in Sri Lanka with a motive of protecting our rich biodiversity and ecosystems which provide profound and diverse living habitats for our present and future generations.

All vulnerable water sources on our estates, such as water falls, springs and streams are adequately protected to ensure regular replenishment and all wastewater from our estates is purified before being released into natural water ways and streams. With an integrated pest management system, we have completely stopped the spraying of pesticides, making use of natural-pest-controllers like birds to control pests. Nature's way is the system we adopt.

As a result, the marshes and ravines in the area are now swarming with rare flora and fauna. From rabbits to falcons, butterflies to pond skaters' wildlife and plant life have begun to thrive in numbers once again, making us determined to continue our efforts in protecting the beautiful mountain ranges.

Energy Management and sourcing renewable energy is one of the key areas of sustainability for us. We are committed to reduce our indirect energy consumption and are proud to be a supplier to the national electricity grid.


National Green Awards

Mattakelle Estate received national recognition with a bronze award for environmental and sustainability initiatives at the National Green Awards Competition held by the Central Environmental Authority in 2011.

We have also obtained 'Ethical Tea Partnership Certification' and 'Rainforest Alliance Certification' for all our estates in addition to 'UTZ Certification for Radella Estate for practicing internationally accepted sustainable farming.

More than 244 hectares within Talawakelle Tea Estates have been identified as high bio-diversity areas and the company has taken necessary precautions to ensure their sustainability by creating buffer zones for chemical spraying, vegetation barriers, green belts, education of the staff etc.

Among faunal species identified are many species of mammals, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians, reptiles, fish, crabs and land mollusks. Out of over 220 species of vertebrates and invertebrates identified on estates, surveys reveal the existence of 39 Endemic species, 12 critically endangered (CR)/endangered (EN) species, 12 threatened species, 4 vulnerable (VU) species and 24 near threatened (NT) species as per the IUCN Red Data List published in 2007.


  Community  

Dengue Awareness Programme at Kiruwanaganga Estate

From its inception, the company has demonstrated a strong commitment for societal benefits and our CSR philosophy emphasizes more on Community Development as opposed to Charity. We are passionate about serving the communities we live in and this passion is greatly evident in the numerous projects and activities conducted by us at all our tea estates in Sri Lanka.

  • Projects :

    Under the dimension of early childhood and development for health and nutrition 21,732 children will benefit from actions such as a free mid-day meal, dental clinics, eye care, daycare, CDC activities and sports activities.

  • Awareness Training :

    We have enhanced the quality of lives of more than 5,000 participants by training them in community capacity building through activities such as Dengue Awareness Programs, HIV/AIDS Awareness Programs, Waste Management and Micro Financing.

    we have provided more than 30,000 residents with immunization coverage during recent years, under our preventive healthcare program.

    From Childcare to Education, Health, Caring for Elders, Religious and event sports and recreation, we at Talawakelle Tea Estates are always ready to go that extra mile in achieving our CSR objectives.


Employees

We consider our employees as our greatest asset. At Talawakelle Teas, this is more than just a tagline or a slogan. Over the years we have invested strongly in developing our human resources while reaching the heights and being admired as one of the best Ceylon tea manufacturers.

Our goal is to provide as many opportunities as possible for our staff to enhance their knowledge. The results are visible in our dynamic and highly motivated team that continues to perform at remarkable levels of efficiency.


Awards & Certifications

Over the years, we have been appreciated as a top plantation company in Sri Lanka and rewarded with a plethora of national as well as international awards, recognition and certifications which in itself are a testament to the outstanding levels of quality the company emphasizes on.