Current thinking from COSA on sustainability challenges and practical solutions.
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.
Leading financial investors can see the writing on the wall, says UN chief economist, noting new directions among major investors even as 2018 has been a tough year for sustainability.
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.
Can a farmer-driven supply chain sustainability strategy work for business? Yes, says Farmer Brothers.
Listening to its farmers: how one company’s approach to a sustainable supply chain is building long-term trust and stability to vexing development problems
When a severe epidemic related to climate change wiped out almost half of the income for 97% of the small farmers we surveyed in Guatemala, we found that some farmers coped better and had fewer losses than others.
Sintercafe’s Board President Arnoldo Leiva and Daniele Giovannucci, President of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) and keynote speaker, answer questions about the coffee sector as they look ahead to the upcoming thirty-second edition of the annual Sintercafe event on Nov. 7-11, 2018.
COSA responds to a recent NPR story on sustainability initiatives
COSA President asks what the coffee industry can learn from Toyota.