Malaria is one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases – so lethal and ancient is the infectious disease that it is said to have killed half of all humans who have ever walked the face of the earth. Malaria cripples economies, crushes communities and causes heartbreaking loss. The majority of deaths from malaria are in children under five – a child still dies from malaria every minute – with progress threatened by challenges such as drug and insecticide resistance and the impacts of climate change.
The fight against malaria means a lot to us at Fever-Tree; it’s more than just a worthy cause. In fact, it’s part of the reason we exist, and is interwoven throughout our DNA. Quinine is an essential core ingredient of tonic, and it is often asserted that the quinine-producing cinchona tree, known colloquially to local growers as “the fever tree”, was hugely important in humanity's fight against malaria. Since then, medical advances and prevention tools have drastically curbed its power, but more needs to be done to eradicate malaria for good.
It's not all bad news. With the right tools in the right places, we have the power to change the story. That's why Fever-Tree has been working with Malaria No More UK since 2013, providing over £2 million in funding to help fight the threat of malaria across the world. Since we began, we've pooled resources across the business in support of the fight against malaria. We were honoured to receive the MNM Business Fighting Malaria Commonwealth Honour in recognition of our continued effort and contribution towards helping end malaria – and in the years to come we're going to continue to do everything in our power to end malaria for good.
We take equal care to support the communities that we touch within our own supply chain. Our sourcing team takes time to build and sustain long-term supplier relationships to ensure that we understand the end-to-end journey of our ingredients and labour practices – maximising outputs and reducing waste where possible; whilst always respecting fundamental human rights.
We pride ourselves on our Social, Ethical and Environmental Business (SEEB) policy, which outlines the employment standards that we expect from our partners and their business practices. All suppliers and business partners are required to sign our SEEB policy.
Click here to view our Social, Ethical and Environmental Business Policy.
The standards of our SEEB policy align with the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, the United Nations Business Council’s Guiding Principles (UNGP), and the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI)’s Base Code. Beyond employment standards, our comprehensive policy addresses various aspects of responsible business, including the prevention of bribery and corruption, strict adherence to the Modern Slavery Act, implementation of robust health and safety management systems, and a commitment to environmental management systems. Business policy, alongside our supplier risk analysis framework and human rights due diligence strategy, forms Fever-Tree’s Responsible Sourcing programme. This programme has enabled us to pinpoint crucial suppliers and prioritise management of potential environmental and human rights risks linked to the production of key ingredients, whilst facilitating the cultivation of stronger connections with suppliers and growers.