Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)Somnuek Laothang Tea factory4 stars

Place, CountryPhongsaly, Lao People's Democratic Republic

Certified Productstea green, tea blackfair for life logo
Certification ProgrammeFair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification
Performance Rating
ChapterContent of the Fair For Life - Social & Fair Trade ProgrammeMaximumRating
1Core Principles and Values1010
2Commitment to and Management of Fair Trade Policy2715
3Respect of Human Rights and Decent Working Conditions262169
4Respect of the Environment189143
5Local Development and Community Relations1610
6Trading and Supply chain relations4829
8Traceability, Transparency and Respect of the Consumer3426
9Managing Certification and Performance4633
Total Score Performance Rating480
Certification for fair trade and responsible supply chains
Impact, special achievements & commitmentsPhongsaly province is located in the most northern part of Laos of which 90.9 % is of high mountainous topography and is also situated in the highly productive tea growing area with an average elevation of 1,183.5 masl and average temperatures of between 14.6 °C and 23.2 °C. Phongsaly tea has been recognized as having a unique rich and sweet taste and high quality by customers’ experience.
Phongsaly district and provincial authorities has been promoting tea plantation since 1994/95 as replacement of opium poppy. Tea is a main agricultural product and has been considered as one of the seven prioritized products of Phongsaly province with long history of ancient tea resources of more than 400 years in Loungching village and other 28 villages with plantation tea areas in Phongsaly district and other 6 districts in the province which have average number of production in 3,300 ton/year of fresh leaves. Those areas are chemical free (organic by default) with such good resource and potential to commercially produce the tea.

Reached percentage of the applicable Total Norm Points for the overall performance
Percentage74 %

Date of Certification
Last Update22.12.2021

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