Global Climate Strike
19th September 2019
This Friday, on 20th September 2019, sees a global community participating in a climate strike ahead of the United Nations meeting on 23rd September to discuss the climate emergency. As a B Corp and a mission-led business, Cafédirect supports the climate strikes in spirit. Practically, the staff team feels that continuing to work, means that we can continue to contribute positively to climate action and we will be supporting our B Corp community digitally.
Cafédirect has direct experience of the impacts of climate change on the growing communities that we source our coffee, tea and hot chocolate from. To address these challenges, we have been working in partnership with Producers Direct, a farmer-led charity that is run by growers for growers. Producers Direct currently support 7 Centres of Excellence, which are grower-led and include training sessions from experts in climate mitigation and best practice (e.g. restorative agriculture). We partner with the Soil Association and currently, almost 40% of our coffee is organic. We have also continued to support specific initiatives, such as the Sierra Piura reforestation project in Northern Peru, where we have helped replant 500,000 trees in the last ten years to help restore soil integrity and relations between communities affected by soil erosion and flooding.
In our offices, we encourage our team to cycle to work or walk. We use renewable electricity and work with a specialist recycling company to responsibly manage our waste. We also partner with a carbon-neutral travel Agency to help reduce the carbon from essential business travel to origin.
We realise that there is a pressing need to do more. This is why we are currently exploring the best options to reduce carbon across our entire supply chain, from seed to cup. We are also in consultations with packaging experts to explore the most sustainable packaging alternatives for our products. We are also exploring how best to support our suppliers and customers to ensure resources are managed efficiently.
We will be declaring our environmental commitments as part of our Gold Standard next year.
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