2011 Sustainability Report
The Coffee Bean International 2011 Sustainability Report is now live. This year, we made huge strides toward shifting our waste ratio, with the ultimate goal of hauling zero waste to the landfill. We also dramatically reduced our travel miles, which will impact our overall carbon footprint. Additionally, we grew our direct trade portfolio and off-commodity-market purchases, which isolate farmers from the coffee price volatility that is driven now primarily from investors/speculators. Through these direct relationships we can address coffee’s biggest sustainability issues. Patrick Criteser, CEO, and Bruce Mullins, VP of Coffee Culture, have played a critical role in the start-up of the Global Coffee Quality Research Initiative (GCQRI), a non-profit agricultural entity with the goal to grow, improve, and protect supplies of quality coffee to fuel the growth of the dynamic coffee industry that directly affects the livelihoods of over 100 million people.
On an industry scale, we also helped to launch the Sustainability Tracking and Reporting Tool (START), an initiative to track and report the social and environmental impact of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). This program has undergone rigorous independent testing and review to become formally accredited by the Carbon Disclosure project (CDP).All of the indicators in the platform are designed to show progress toward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Our efforts were recognized when the City of Portland presented to us the Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Award for a medium-sized company in the city.