Press Statement on Kenyan Tea Workers Confronting Unilever Tea Kenya Ltd (UTKL) over their Human Rights Record and Alleged Failure to protect their Tea Workers
(Monday, 8th October 2018, Nairobi) – On 29 September 2018, a group of Kenyans who worked and/or lived on a tea plantation belonging to the global consumer goods giant Unilever’s Kenyan subsidiary in 2007, publically confronted Unilever for the first time over its failure to protect them from ethnic violence following the 2007 elections. The victims have reacted angrily to a statement made by the London-based company and have decided to publish their response.
A victims’ committee, consisting of both former and current workers on Unilever’s Kenyan tea plantation in Kericho, in Western Kenya, published an unprecedented open letter to Unilever’s CEO, Paul Polman, challenging many of the claims made in a statement by Unilever’s UK head office on 23 July 2018. In the statement, Unilever rejected allegations that the company had not respected its own human rights policy in relation to attacks on its Kenyan workers.
Read the FULL PRESS STATEMENT HERE >>> http://kituochasheria.or.ke/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/UNILEVER-WORKERS-PRESS-RELEASE-KITUO.pdf
Additional Information >>> http://kituochasheria.or.ke/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Additional-Background-to-Kituo-Press-Release.pdf