Over the past few decades, the acceleration of climate change has affected the production of agricultural commodities dramatically. Global warming, extreme weather events, uneven rain patterns, plant diseases, are all puting severe pressure on farmers and their communities.
The coffee sector is no exception and joint action from all members within the supply chain is necessary if we intend to preserve our favorite commodity for the generations to come. Since we opened our doors in 1926, we have run our business with the vision of establishing a fully sustainable coffee supply chain. In 2003, we created the EFICO Foundation, a non-profit, independent private foundation that promotes and implements sustainable coffee production at origin.
The same year, we also became the first coffee trading company to adhere to the United Nations Global Compact and its ten basic principles on Human Rights, Labor, Environment and Anti-corruption. Within the framework of these principles, EFICO integrated 5 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an initiative developed by the United Nations in 2015.
Each year, we publish a Communication-on-Progress (COP) report, which reflects our corporate engagement to the ten principles including the SDGs, as well as the main sustainable acitivities that were implemented throughout the year. We are active members of several initiatives supporting sustainable development including World Coffee Research, Global Coffee Platform, Sustainable Coffee Challenge and Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance/UTZ, Organic, 4C.
Coffee for People, People for Coffee
As a family company, sustainability is in our coffee genes. In 2003, the EFICO Foundation was launched as a commitment of the EFICO Group to sustainable development, promoting our projects among the coffee roaster community.
Established as a private foundation, the EFICO Foundation’s goal is to positively impact coffee farmers’ livelihoods, prosperity and environment. The multi-stakeholder approach adopted is unique and is a dynamic tool to foster partnerships and innovation in the coffee supply chain, multiplying impact.
The EFICO Foundation is about people - from coffee farmers, their families and local communities to coffee consumers purchasing a sustainable product. Together, we can make sure that sustainable purchases and investment in the local coffee communities can guarantee that generations to come can prosper from the coffee seedlings they plant today.
We adhere to and support the ten principles of the UN Global Compact since 2003 :
Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
Uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
Eliminate all forms of forced and compulsory labor
Pursue the effective abolition of child labor
Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
Work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery
The Millenium Development Goals were transformed into the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UN Member States agreed on the proposed 17 goals at the UN Summit in September 2015; the new framework came into effect as from January 2016.
These new goals give an overview on how to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, including poverty, inequality and environmental destruction.
Discover all 17 of them here.
EFICO launched its commitment towards 5 out of the 17 SDGs:
- SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production
- SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
- SDG 4: Quality Education
- SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy
- SDG 17: Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
At EFICO, both UNGC principles and SDGs are essential drivers towards a more sustainable coffee future.
We look at a coffee future where all actors within the coffee supply chain can benefit without harming the potential for the future generations. This vision goes hand in hand with our continued focus on the above commitment.
Taking care of your coffee
SEABRIDGE is a state-of-the-art green coffee warehouse in the Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium), combining excellence in quality, sustainability and traceability.
Up until present, it is unique in the sector.
It is one of the major achievements during the last decade that allow EFICO to position itself as innovator in the development of sustainable supply chain solutions, to meet our stakeholders’ concerns and setting a standard for the future.
With SEABRIDGE, the EFICO group actively contributes to its ambition to use 100% green energy and recycle 95% of the waste streams.