About The Republic of Tea

The Republic of Tea’s Commitment to Good Will and Social Responsibility – Impacting social change on a global scale

In 1992 The Republic of Tea sparked a Tea Revolution and has since grown to become the leading purveyor of premium teas. With that growth comes the responsibility to contribute positively to society on a global scale.

The Republic of Tea embraces the ancient Chinese philosophy of Ta shun – the Great Harmony. Ta shun is alive when people naturally care about the world and depend on one another for the well-being of the whole. It manifests itself in collective concern and the aspiration to seek opportunities, initiatives and actions that will better the conditions of both humans and the planet. In short, to provide good works, render goodwill.

We are honored to render goodwill by developing teas and tea-inspired items to support impactful nonprofit organizations, transforming everyday purchases into a force for good around the world.

Explore our collection of tea and tea inspired items benefiting our non-profit partners.

Our Partners and Impact

Sip for Clean Water – Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, working in more than 40 countries to save the lives of malnourished children while ensuring families have sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. In 2013, Action Against Hunger treated more than 374,000 people, responded to over 50 humanitarian emergencies, reached more than two million people with their food security and livelihoods programs and 3.4 million people with their water, sanitation and hygiene programs.
Our impact since 2013: $80,000.00
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Firmly committed to curing prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research globally.

Our impact since 2005: $532,875.73

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World Change Starts with Educated Children® – Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments to develop literacy skills among primary school children and supports girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.

Our impact since 2009: $193,625.40

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Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation supports brain cancer research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and pediatric initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Our impact since 2001: $260,000.00

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The Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Scholars Program recruits motivated students from low-income public high schools and provides them with the academic support and preparation they need to get into and graduate from competitive four-year colleges. The SEO Scholars Program serves nearly 600 high school college students in New York City and San Francisco.

Our impact since 2012: $15,000.00

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Sunny Hills Services is a regional welfare organization dedicated to protecting, serving, nurturing and healing at-risk children and adolescents.

Our impact since 1993: $93,638.12

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Whole Planet Foundation® is a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products. Whole Planet Foundation’s Ten Thousand Dollar Fund provides expansion funds for new microlending projects through a $10,000 annual donation.

Our impact since 2013: 109 New Microloans and $20,000 to help 643 people

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Japan House is a teaching facility at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, which focuses on teaching traditional Japanese arts, focused particularly around the time-honored art form of Chado, the Way of Tea.
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Past Partners

Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing the science to find cures. The Republic of Tea is the first specialty tea company to donate over one million dollars.

Our impact: $1,320,501.53

The Republic of Tea has donated to the American Red Cross’ relief efforts for the Japan Earthquake, Pacific Tsunami Disaster and Hurricane Sandy. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters in the US and worldwide. Learn more


Totals last updated: August 18th, 2014

The Republic of Tea was the first international member of the Ethical Tea Partnership and is committed to their goals of improving tea sustainability, the environment in which tea is produced and the lives of tea workers. Learn more


The Republic of Tea is proud to assure our Citizens that we are mindful of honoring special concerns and acting in a responsible manner for all by partnering with the highest-level certification organizations. Please click here for more information regarding these partners.

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