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Bell Tea & Coffee first in NZ for Rata certification

Press Release:

Bell Tea & Coffee Company Ltd.The first business in New Zealand to achieve accredited Rata Sustainable Certification.

Dated: 3rd December 2013

It is with great pleasure and pride to announce that Bell Tea & Coffee Company Ltd has been accredited with Rata Sustainable Certification.

This is a great achievement that has taken a real team effort from management and key staff throughout the organisation to implement the foundations of business sustainability.

Bell Tea & Coffee Company see this accreditation as a ‘seal of approval’ for their Sustainable Business Programme, which will help cement their commitment well into the future. Their programme encompasses three main pillars which are fundamental to the business – environmental, social and ethical sourcing – and is an integral part of daily decision-making across all teams.

Bell Tea, along with the Rata community of member businesses also wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Levin New World’s success in achieving accreditation.

The objectives of the Rata Sustainable Certification Programme are three-fold.

First, to provide businesses an opportunity to implement sustainability into their organisations and build on this to become a foundation that filters and is embedded through all of their operations. Rata provides a structured pathway that does not need a university degree to understand or implement. In other words taking away the ‘fluff’ and getting down to the fundamentals of sustainability, namely, being an ethical business that focuses on their social, environmental and economic continued, improved performance.

Secondly, Rata is focused on their member businesses and the promotion of them to the wider New Zealand business community. This promotion focuses on what these businesses can offer as far as products and services, along with their Rata sustainable achievements and how they can inspire other businesses to follow in their footsteps.

Thirdly, Rata is keen to be a catalyst for change in the New Zealand business community by helping reduce the increasing trend of unsubstantiated claims (green washing).


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