Tate & Lyle Sugars outlines in detail online the steps it takes to make sure that no workers being trafficked or coerced are being used to make the sugar that sweetens countless British cups of tea.
In a section of its website on “modern slavery”, the popular brand sets out its work with smallholders in Belize and ship-owners that transport its goods across the Atlantic.
There is no mention, however, of British sugar industry’s historic deep ties with slavery.
Henry Tate and Abram Lyle had not yet founded their companies when Britain abolished slavery. Yet University College London researchers argue