A tradition of responsibility
As an international family-owned company with 140 years of experience in the tea business, Hälssen & Lyon has a long tradition of responsibility – to our employees, our partners, and to society. This responsibility is a precondition and also a result of a value-oriented approach to corporate management.
Our entrepreneurial activities are guided by the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. In our daily work, it goes without saying that we comply with all applicable laws and respect and act in accordance with basic ethical values.
Beyond this, we have worked with our employees and business partners to develop principles and policies that specifically commit us to respecting and safeguarding human and labour rights as well as protecting the environment and counteracting corruption.
All our operations subject to regular SMETA audits
Our commitment is confirmed by SMETA Audits (SEDEX Members Ethical Audit) based on the Base Code of ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative), which we have undergone on a regular basis since 2011.
We have developed our own programme for quality assurance
We believe that our corporate responsibility doesn’t end at the factory gates. In close cooperation with our suppliers and partners, we work towards implementing the labour, social and environmental standards we uphold, across the supply chain. These standards are laid down in the Code of Conduct of the German Tea Association (Deutscher Teeverband) and in our own Quality Assurance Programme
In a globalised world with ever more complex supply chains, the successful development of responsible corporate management poses a particular challenge. We know that this will be a comprehensive process and that we still have a long way to go, together with our business partners. But we also know that we are moving step by step in the right direction with our essentially sustainability-oriented corporate policy.
We invite our partners to join Hälssen & Lyon on this path.
The document detailing our CSR Policy and the relevant underlying codes can be found here: