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How Green is your Tea? – Benefits of Shared Indicators

2019-02-19T21:52:17+00:00 February 15th, 2019|Categories: COSA Publications, Research & Publications|Tags: , |0 Comments

A common language of measuring tea sustainability improves our ability to understand and effect change in this sector. Building on the best current work in tea, International Experts convened by COSA and the Ethical Tea Partnership accomplished an important first step toward this by creating a comprehensive core set of tea indicators. This article summarizes the work of the Experts and provides insights on the linkages between tea sustainability issues and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Why many training programs are flawed

2019-01-14T15:17:44+00:00 January 14th, 2019|Categories: COSA in the News, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Training can be a powerful instrument to foster change. It is probably the single most common developmental intervention in the world of agriculture. But as COSA’s Carlos de los Rios and Daniele Giovannucci argue, evidence is mounting that all too often it doesn’t meet its objectives. Published in Coffee & Cocoa International. 150

Three Guidelines to Reveal What’s Hiding in Your Supply Chain

2019-01-10T17:02:54+00:00 January 4th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Traceability is the foundation for any sustainability program. But tracing the chain of custody back to the small producer (the first mile) rarely happens. Simple technologies now demonstrate that it can be done and we can see that it has considerable value for any sustainability-oriented approach.

Historic Approaches and Key Challenges in Rural Development

2019-01-04T01:25:40+00:00 January 4th, 2019|Categories: COSA Publications, Research & Publications|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Intelligent rural investments or operations with sustainable practices require a good understanding of the influential factors as well as historic lessons from decades of development literature. This simple review is very accessible for a non-expert and charts the path to the multidimensionality of today’s Sustainable Development Goals through a fifty-year retrospective of key moments in development history.

Eight Steps Towards Launching a Sustainable Coffee Sourcing Program

2019-01-09T20:14:47+00:00 November 30th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: , , |0 Comments

When well-executed, private sustainable sourcing programs can offer substantial value. Some approaches designed by firms can raise concerns about whether they offer much benefit to producers and the environment, or, they are little more than compliance checklists. However, they can also be effective in their design and execution so that they offer substantial value to both the suppliers and the firm. Our long history of successfully designing company programs and strategies has yielded useful lessons of what to do and what NOT to do in these eight key steps to sustainable sourcing.