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4C achieves full ISEAL membership

4C achieves full ISEAL membership
September 15, 2011 - The 4C Association graduated to Full Membership status in ISEAL, thereby joining the leading group of sustainability standards that have demonstrated their credibility through compliance with ISEAL Codes and accompanying good practices.
"The 4C Association is very proud to become a full member of the ISEAL Alliance and be part of a leading community of standard setting organisations. By achieving full ISEAL membership, the 4C Association has demonstrated that its standard setting process is credible, transparent and participatory”, stated Melanie Rutten-Sülz, Executive Director of the 4C Association.

4C Association began as a project in 2002 called the Common Code for the Coffee Community (CCCC) and is...

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TCC announces its closing

TCC announces its closing

September 21, 2011 - Dear Partners and Friends of the Tropical Commodity Coalition

 

The Tropical Commodity Coalition (TCC) has always combined the strengths of numerous civil society organisations to promote sustainability in the coffee, cocoa and tea sectors. Established in 2002 as the Coffee Coalition, the TCC is currently a recognised player. We are pleased to feel that the Coalition is respected amongst international organisations and industry as a neutral entity.

 

When the Coalition was established, sustainability in coffee, cocoa and tea was barely on the agenda of the big multi-nationals. On the contrary, many industry players rejected the program of civil society organisations to improve the living conditions...

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Sara Lee Launches Ambitious Five-year Sustainable Coffee Plan

Sara Lee Launches Ambitious Five-year Sustainable Coffee Plan
January 10, 2011 Sara Lee Corp.announced today a new five-year initiative to boost its sustainable commodity program. In the past five years Sara Lee has become the world's largest buyer of UTZ CERTIFIED coffee thanks to cumulative purchases of more than 110 million kilos of the commodity. Today the company committed to more than triple that amount in the next five years and purchase at least 350 million kilos across all its markets and product segments. The company estimates its sustainability investments can deliver to coffee farmers, their associations and representatives up to $100 million of income over and above what they would have earned by selling uncertified coffee beans in the open...

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Tchibo commits to sustainably sourced UTZ CERTIFIED coffee

Tchibo commits to sustainably sourced UTZ CERTIFIED coffee
June 16, 2011 – UTZ CERTIFIED is proud to announce that Tchibo, one of the leading roasting company in the world, joined the UTZ CERTIFIED program and will buy increasing amounts of UTZ CERTIFIED coffees.

Interest in certified coffee has grown in recent years as more and more consumers seek assurance that the food they buy is safe and that the ingredients have been produced in an ethical and responsible way. “We have seen the willingness of leading companies to invest in and commit to sustainability grow strongly the last couple of years,” said Han de Groot, Executive Director of UTZ CERTIFIED. “We are excited to welcome Tchibo as part of the UTZ CERTIFIED coffee program. With the commitment of...

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Amsterdam RAI stapt over op duurzame koffie

Amsterdam RAI stapt over op duurzame koffie
Maart 31, 2011 - Vanaf 1 april 2011 is Tierra Intenso van Lavazza de standaard koffiesoort van Amsterdam RAI. Daarmee is de RAI het eerste convention centre in Europa die deze 100% duurzame koffie schenkt aan al haar gasten. Met de overstap naar duurzame koffie onderstreept Amsterdam RAI haar ambitie om in 2013 de meest duurzame beurs- en congreslocatie van Europa te zijn.

Amsterdam RAI serveert jaarlijks 1,5 miljoen koppen koffie, voortaan allemaal gemaakt van versgemalen duurzame koffiebonen. Martin van Nierop, directeur Convention Centre Operations: “De kop koffie is toch eigenlijk het visitekaartje van iedere beurs- en congresorganisatie. Dan is het fantastisch als je als eerste in Europa in deze tijd van...

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CocoaLink connects farmers with information

CocoaLink connects farmers with information
April 18, 2011 - The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and The Hershey Company in the US have joined together to launch a new project that aims to connect cocoa farmers with much-needed information.
The project, CocoaLink, is a public-private partnership between the three organisations, and is an innovative agricultural extension service that uses mobile phones to carry messages to farmers in remote places.

The programme was unveiled in March at an event which included the Honourable E T Mensah, Ghana’s Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, and James Nevels, Chairman of The Hershey Company.
The CocoaLink programme is currently enrolling farmers in a pilot area in the Western Region. A...

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Starbucks Serves up 100% Fairtrade Certified Lattes and Cappuccinos All Across Europe

Starbucks Serves up 100% Fairtrade Certified Lattes and Cappuccinos All Across Europe
March 2, 2010 - After a successful launch in the UK, Starbucks stores across Europe (NASDAQ: SBUX) today began serving 100% Fairtrade certified and Starbucks Shared Planet verified coffee in all of their espresso-based beverages. Every one of the more than four million customers in the region per week can walk away with a Fairtrade certified Espresso, Cappuccino, or Latte and help support small-scale farmers and their communities in developing countries around the world.

Starbucks is already the world’s largest purchaser of Fairtrade coffee, and the switch to Fairtrade certified espresso in Europe, Middle East and Africa will help contribute to Starbucks total global annual...

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Nestlé launches the Nescafé Plan

Nestlé launches the Nescafé Plan
August 27, 2010 - Nestlé today launched the Nescafé Plan in Mexico City, bringing under one umbrella Nestlé’s commitments on coffee farming, production and consumption. The Nescafé Plan contains a set of objectives which will help Nestlé further optimize its coffee supply chain.

In addition to the CHF 200 million invested over the past ten years, Nestlé will invest CHF 500 million in coffee projects by 2020. This includes an investment of CHF 350 million for the Nescafé Plan and CHF 150 million for Nespresso. The Rainforest Alliance, an international non-governmental organization, will support Nestlé together with other partners of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and the coffee association, 4C, in meeting the...

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Armajaro Trading to Extend Higher Cocoa Price Plan to Coffee

Armajaro Trading to Extend Higher Cocoa Price Plan to Coffee
September 7, 2009 - Armajaro Trading, which introduced a “voluntary premium” on the price it charges buyers of its cocoa to help increase output, will extend the plan to coffee, said Nicko Debenham, director for traceability and sustainability.

The company, whose clients include Lindt & Spruengli AG and Kraft Foods Co., charges an additional $30 on each metric ton of cocoa and uses the funds to help growers through programs from schools to malaria eradication, Debenham said. The plan is implemented by the not-for-profit Source Trust organization set up by London-based Armajaro and the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Co.
“We intend to introduce a similar plan early next year in Vietnam to help growers of...

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CFC project to help build capacity in East Africa

April 1, 2009 - At its annual conference in Kigali, Rwanda in February, the Eastern African Fine Coffees Association (EAFCA) announced that it had secured US$5 million in funding from the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) to build certification and verification capacity in the region.
As Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa explains, coffee plays a vital role in sustainable development in many developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Not only do countries such as Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda depend on coffee for a large portion of their export earnings, but coffee also provides a vital source of income to several million coffee growers, farm workers and their families.
This being the case, in 2004 The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and ICO funded a study...

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