Eswaran Brothers Exports announced that it has achieved CarbonNeutral company certification, a major milestone in the sixty-seven year history of the family-owned tea company.
The Vice Chairman of Eswaran Brothers and a third generation tea taster, Mr. Subramaniam Eassuwaren, stated, "As part of a family that has been devoted to tea, this is an important landmark for us. It's among the initial steps we have taken in our drive to become a truly ethical and sustainable business while still maintaining profitability. It is also an extension of our heritage and values that have guided all our activities at Eswaran Brothers since my grandfather first started his own business in 1943. If the environmental problems that we face had been apparent during my grandfather's time, I am sure he would have called himself an environmentalist. We were always taught to look at our impact on our community."
He further stated: "We are very proud to be among the pioneers in both the global tea industry and in Sri Lankan business to achieve CarbonNeutral certification." The company is also ISO 14001 certified for its environmental management. Mr Eassuwaren continued, "At Eswaran, we are trying to see how we can reduce the environmental impact of our operations at every point. We have a lot to learn and have a long way to go, but we have definitely taken the important first steps to reducing our carbon emissions to net zero. The first steps involved calculating our carbon emissions produced in the existing processes within our operations. We obtained the services of Sri Lankan-based Carbon Consulting Company and UK-based Ecometrica who were able to measure the emission produced."
These included calculating the carbon emissions produced in the Eswaran Brothers' premises and from business travel, company-owned vehicles and third party deliveries. The carbon footprint was then reduced through internal initiatives and by purchasing carbon offsets from a biomass renewable energy project in a tea plantation in Sri Lanka.
Eswaran Brothers have been certified as a CarbonNeutral company in accordance with the CarbonNeutral Protocol, which is a global standard for measuring and monitoring Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The Protocol is aligned with the WBSCD/WRIs GHG Protocol for company reporting and the principles of the PAS2050 for products and services.
Rani Virdee, Managing Director Asia Pacific, The CarbonNeutral Company, said, "Eswaran Brothers is a leading example to other businesses who are implementing an offset inclusive carbon management strategy that will not only help tackle climate change, but will reduce bottom line costs and enhance its reputation within the marketplace."