Ethical Tea Partnership: Craigmore Plantations’ endeavor to achieve the highest benchmarks in quality, production standards, along with socially and environmentally responsible practices, was rewarded by Grade A certification by ETP of United Kingdom, way back in December 2007, making Craigmore Plantations one of the first tea plantations companies in India to be rewarded with a Grade A certification. The Company continues to be ETP certified even today.
Rainforest Alliance: Rainforest Alliance certification that is headquartered in New York, U.S.A. is today one of the most comprehensive and all encompassing certification programs that is an extremely prestigious and sought after certification programs for a plantations and has become mandatory to supply teas to the largest and most reputed tea buyers the world over. Craigmore Plantations (India) Private Limited got certified by Rainforest Alliance in January 2011 and holds one of the highest scores achieved by any plantation company worldwide, for its compliance levels - 98% in the 2013/14 certification audit.
GlobalGAP: Global G.A.P. certification that is headquartered in Germany, is today one of the world’s leading farm assurance programs that translates consumer requirements into Good Agriculture Practices. Currently more than 130,000 farms, spread across more than 120 countries worldwide and spread across all continents, are certified under GlobalGAP. The main aim of going in for this certification program, was to ensure that our cultivation practices followed on our plantations were in line with globally acceptable Good Agricultural Practices. In February 2011 the company was certified by the Global G.A.P. program and thus became the first tea plantation company in the whole of India to achieve this certification.
This prestigious award, is yet another feather in the company’s cap and underlines the commitment of the company in pursuing its long term goals and stated Mission to “undertake sustainable cultivation and production with adequate environmental safeguards” meeting international standards.
To read more about Global GAP and its policies click on the following link: www.globalgap.org
UTZ Certification: In March 2012 Craigmore Plantations (India) Private Limited, got certified under UTZ, which is a Netherlands based certification body for coffee and tea plantations. UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for workers, their families and for the environment. In the certification audit of the UTZ program, Craigmore Plantations (India) Private Limited achieved a perfect score of 100% compliance with UTZ principles, which in itself is a remarkable achievement and underlines the company’s commitment to sustainable and ethical business practices.
ISO 22000:2005 (FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS): ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies which certifies producers on international food safety standards. Craigmore Plantations (India) Private Limited, which includes all its five estates and both the factories i.e. Craigmore Factory making High Grown Orthodox Black Tea and Pascoe’s Woodlands Factory making High Grown Panfired Green Tea, have been certified by “Indocert” on the ISO - 22000:2005 standards. Being certified on the ISO-22000:2005 standards ensures that the teas produced by the company meet all food safety, hygiene and safety requirements as laid down in this internationally recognized standard.
To learn more about ISO 22000:2005 standards click on the following link: www.iso.org
Being a leading and reputed producer of High Grown Orthodox black and High Grown Pan fired green teas, Craigmore Plantations (India) Private Limited, has over the last 130 years since its establishment, developed "best in industry standards of sustainable cultivation practices and food safety", where its teas that are exported to various countries around the world, including the European Union, consistently meet the very stringent Maximum Residue Levels for pesticides in the European Union, which are known to have the most stringent standards in the world, as well as other food safety requirements.
The company’s environmental standards, along with its commitment to welfare and Corporate Social Responsibility are also well known in the tea industry and these are deeply incorporated in the very fabric of the company that makes it stand a class apart from the other plantation companies in the country, if not in the world. This fact has also been acknowledged and endorsed by various international certification bodies that this company's business model is the benchmark for the tea industry and many of these certification bodies have show cased the company’s unique sustainability model and excellence standards to its various clients across the country and globe, as a model to be followed and replicated elsewhere.