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The TMCs

The Responsible Contracting Project (RCP), in conjunction with members of the Ethical Tea Partnership (“ETP”), developed the Tea-sector Model Clauses (TMCs) to address human rights and environmental performance issues in the purchase and sale of tea. Tea supply chains can be complex and fraught with human rights and environmental (HRE) risk. The TMCs are designed to help buyers, relevant intermediaries (including brokers and auction houses), and tea gardens implement their commitment to responsible business conduct and to embed ethical practices that enable a human-rights approach to sourcing through responsible contracts.

Tea-sector Model Clauses

TMCs Framing Memo

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Tea sector Model Clauses

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TMCs Drafting Doc

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Download the SMCs 1.0

We invite you to download "Supplier Model Contract Clauses 1.0" as a PDF.

SMCs Drafting Doc

The Word document is designed for use by attorneys who are interested in inserting the SMCs 1.0 into their contracts. The Word version is easy for cutting and pasting. 

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The Principles

An overview of the Responsible Contracting Principles for upholding human rights throughout supply chains

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The Toolkit

Explore the RCP Toolkit which currently includes the EMCs, the SMCs, the MCCs and the Buyer Code

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Where you can learn about our past and upcoming events, publications, and podcasts

The TMCs are built around the three core principles of responsible contracting found in all tools in the RCP Toolkit: 

  1. Responsible allocation of risks and responsibilities: Set aside supplier-only guarantees of perfect compliance in favour of a joint commitment to cooperate in carrying out human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD).
     

  2. Responsible purchasing practices: The buyer commits to engage in purchasing practices that can support effective HREDD.
     

Remediation first and responsible exit: If an adverse impact happens, provide remedy to victims and take measures to ensure the harm stops, the root causes of the impact are addressed, and do not reoccur before turning to traditional contract remedies (e.g., suspending payment and cancelling orders). Exit should only be pursued as a last resort, taking measures to mitigate the impact.

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