Provide Good Works, Render Good Will

At The Republic of Tea we embody the ancient Chinese philosophy of Tashun — the Great Harmony — when people naturally care about the world and depend on each other for the well-being of the whole. It is a collective concern for others and aspiration to seek opportunities, initiatives and actions that will better the human condition as well as the planet. To provide good works, render goodwill.

THE FORCE FOR POSITIVE CHANGE

The Republic of Tea launched a new charitable partnership in 2015 with the Xerces Society to support and elevate the buzz on pollinator conservation with its Biodynamic Chamomile Honey Tea. The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that helps protect wildlife through the conservation of pollinators, like bees, and their habitats, as studies show 85 percent of all plants exist due to pollinators.

The Republic of Tea established its partnership with Action Against Hunger and its Sip for Clean Water initiative in 2013, introducing the Hibiscus Watermelon Superflower™ Tea and the Hibiscus Watermelon One Cuppa Teas. In 2015, the brand added the entirety of its Hibiscus SuperFlower™ Tea collection to the partnership. A donation of $1 from the sale of each tea tin, up to $40,000 in contributions annually, helps Action Against Hunger save the lives of children in need of nutrition treatment and clean water. Recognized as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger saves the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, the organization runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting seven million people each year.

Whole Planet Foundation® is a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products. Since 2013, The Republic of Tea funded 109 microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. To date, Whole Planet Foundation has dispersed $62 million in 61 countries with the help of its partners. The Republic of Tea donates a portion of sales from its Whole Foods Market exclusive, Elderflower SuperHerb® Tea and the Biodynamic Holiday Chai Tea to the Whole Planet Foundation.

The Republic of Tea is committed to developing products to support organizations that make a difference. Since 2005, the company has donated $590,784.47to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) in the crusade to save men’s lives, with the introduction of Superfruit™ Blueberry Green Tea. The brand contributes $1 to PCF from every tin sold with a minimum annual donation of $75,000 – giving men and women the opportunity to enjoy this healthful brew, knowing each sip brings us closer to a cure. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting one in six men. More than 240,000 men will be diagnosed and 33,000 will die from the disease this year alone. The PCF is the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for research into better treatments and a cure for recurrent prostate cancer.

Educational and career development opportunities are extremely important as high school and college students prepare to enter the working world. Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Scholars Program – a year-round, out-of-school, academically rigorous 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. The Republic of Tea is the first corporate partner for the SEO Scholars Program in San Francisco, providing the gift of education for an SEO Scholar to complete the four-year Scholars Program. The Republic of Tea’s impact since 2012 totals $5,000 per year for four consecutive years.

In addition to supporting charitable organizations through the sale of fine teas and herbs, The Republic of Tea contributes to unique and deserving non-profit organizations like the The Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation. Dr. Marnie Rose was just 27 and in the first year of her pediatric medical residency at Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas, when she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. Despite her diagnosis, she agreed to share her personal cancer journey, personal life and professional duties as a medical resident in the acclaimed ABC TV reality series “Houston Medical.” Upon her passing in 2002, The Rose Family established The Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation that honors their daughter by funding brain cancer research and pediatric initiatives. The Republic of Tea is the founding sponsor of The Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation as well as a presenting sponsor of the organization’s preeminent fund-raising event, The Run for the Rose, held each April in Houston. The Republic of Tea’s impact since 2001 totals $260,000.

The Republic of Tea takes an active interest in the well-being of the communities in which it’s based, which is why charitable groups like Homeward Bound of Marin in California are near to its heart. A local organization committed to “opening doors to safety, dignity, hope and independence” coupled with a vision that “everyone deserves a place to call home,” they are the chief providers of shelter and residential services for homeless families and individuals, serving over 1,300 people per year. In 2014, 88% of families served and 84% of adults completing their programs moved into stable housing. The Republic of Tea sponsors Homeward Bound’s Kickoff partnership Celebrity Chef Event, as well as a number of its monthly Celebrity Chef Events.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, based in San Rafael, CA, helps children realize their potential and build their futures. They inspire children to achieve and strengthen their communities through volunteer activism. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more than 40 years, this agency has provided carefully screened, trained volunteer mentors to our community’s most at-risk youth – breaking cycles of poverty, drugs and violence. The Republic of Tea is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay and its family-friendly events, including Bow for Kids Sake, Celebrate for Kids Sake, Golf for Kids Sake and Morning of Inspiration.

Based in Southern Illinois, near The Republic of Tea production facility, Community Link is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in the communities they serve. The Republic of Tea lends a hand to the success of its major fundraising events, the Buddy Walk and Golf Scramble. With a mission to challenge, teach and inspire both participants and the community, Community Link hopes to realize its vision of seeing people with developmental disabilities, and other difficulties, live and participate in a community that values their presence and contributions.

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About The Republic of Tea:

The Republic of Tea enriches people’s lives through its premium teas, education and innovation, as it emphasizes a “Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a specialty tea revolution. Today the brand offers an unequaled selection of the highest-quality teas, herbal blends, books and nature-inspired sip ware, available exclusively at specialty retailers throughout the U.S. Further, The Republic of Tea is mindful of how its actions impact the greater community and actively supports worthy organizations like Action Against Hunger, The Ethical Tea Partnership, The Prostate Cancer Foundation and The Whole Planet Foundation. Certifications include Demeter USA Certified Biodynamic, Fair Trade certification, Gluten-Free certification, Non-GMO Project verification, OU Kosher certification, Rainforest Alliance certification and USDA Organic certification. For more information, please visit www.REPUBLICofTEA.com or call 1.800.298.4832. Follow The Republic of Tea on Twitter at twitter.com/republicoftea and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RepublicofTea.

Contact Information:

Claire Storrs, Minister of Enlightenment, claire@republicoftea.com

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