At the source
We source approximately 8% of the world’s green coffee production and 0.1% of the world’s tea production
Our responsible sourcing program covers 3 core areas, which underlie our commitment to improve coffee & tea sustainability
We support global partnerships and origin projects to address the most challenging coffee & tea sustainability issues.
We purchase certified and verified coffee & tea with internationally recognised standards such as:
Through our Supplier Initiative, we partner directly with our suppliers to improve working conditions and protect natural resources where coffee is grown.
We work directly with coffee farmers, producing organisations, exporters, suppliers and NGOs in origin countries, to enable farmers to sustainably produce coffee and improve their livelihoods
Since 1999, we have
Invested $22 million and leveraged an additional $18 million from our partners
Trained more than 216.000 farmers directly, impacting over 1.1. million individuals in coffee households
Established 36 projects across 12 countries
Our Focus Areas
In origin countries, we focus on
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) skills and adoption rates
Farming techniques and basic business skills
Accessibility to finance and financial literacy
Establishment of farmer organisations for improved service delivery
Vietnam is the worlds largest exporter of Robusta
One of the few origin countries where Arabica and Robusta are grown simultaneously on the same farm
Indonesia is the third largest coffee producing country and second largest exporter of Robusta in the world
Ethiopia is the origin of Arabica coffee and the largest producer in Africa
Uganda is known for its mild Robusta
Cameroon is the only West African country that produces both Arabica and Robusta
Coffee is Tanzania’s largest export crop
Rwanda is one of Africa’s largest Arabica coffee producing countries
Colombia is one of the most important countries for good quality Arabica coffee
Honduras is the largest producer of Arabica coffee in Central America
Peru is one of the top coffee producing countries for Arabica coffee
Together with our partners we aim to:
Identify and address priority issues in our supply chain every two years.
Establish partnerships to set up corrective measures and drive remediation programs.
To date we have launched in 7 countries in 2017, impacting over 70 coffee suppliers.
How does the Supplier Initiative work?
First, we learn from our suppliers through open, direct communication
Then, we compare supplier risk assessments with UTZ and third-party targeted assessments
Finally, we partner with suppliers, NGOs and governments to address these challenges
We proudly work with UTZ on a broad range of certified coffee & tea initiatives