Sunday’s news was full of the ‘Primark Scandal’ which has attracted a swift and ferocious response from Primark. Naturally the company feigns ignorance of exploitative labour practices amongst its suppliers and comforts itself with reference to its Code of Practice. Inevitably the denial has transferred the blame to its suppliers. But supplier standards in this […]
The environment and climate change, together with poverty and the related malnutrition, are without a doubt the most urgent and substantial challenges that our 21st Century civilization must face. Yet we have failed so far in crystallizing a consensus and a co-ordinated approach to these issues. Until we do so, and when that happens it will probably […]
One of the most beautiful fruit shop in the world – a stone’s throw from Uda Walawe National Park – where the fruit, spice and vegetables are ripened or matured on the tree, bush or root, usually in a plot owned by the fruit and vegetable seller herself, and where taste and flavours are authentic and untainted by […]
The New Zealand Herald of Monday March 17th, quotes my father, Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando, referring to Fairtrade as a ‘farce’. Newspapers like sensational headlines and that probably accounts for the title which picks up on just one of many aspects of the interview he gave. Reading on, there is a very significant truth […]
In a world where the shame of extreme poverty, unacceptably high infant mortality and death due to starvation compete for the headlines with news of inconceivably sophisticated advancements in science and technology, the need for a solution to the inequality that fuels poverty in the ‘South’ is critical. With the failure of aid as an […]
Founder Merrill J. Fernando and his sons Dilhan and Malik ensure every pack of Dilmah reaches you fresh and full of flavor. As Merrill says, "my family cares for your tea, from the tea nursery right to your teacup."