We understand that a focus on sustainability drives efficiencies, inspires innovation, builds a platform for long-term growth and assured supply, and keeps us accountable to our commitments and our customers. It is important to our business, our community and our planet.
Our S&D Coffee and Tea operations started their focus on resilient supply chains for coffee and tea and sustainable sourcing in 2013 through the creation of their Raíz Sustainability® platform. Raíz Sustainability® is rooted in impact, focusing on enriching, preserving and investing in the future of coffee and tea.
S&D partners with smallholder farmers, measuring progress and promoting continuous improvement. Ongoing collaboration with established industry leaders and local affiliates at origin are key elements to the program’s success.
In addition to our origin specific programs, S&D is proud to offer shade-grown coffees, which eliminate the need for excessive pesticides and synthetic fertilizers used on non-shade farms. By partnering with the Rainforest Alliance and the Smithsonian’s Bird Friendly initiatives, S&D is helping conserve the natural habitat around coffee farms, benefiting both the surrounding communities and the native wildlife that call those areas home.
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In the end, our sustainable sourcing platform is designed as an entry point for all farmers, supporting their efforts to meet our company’s sustainability standards. Together we are helping to build capacity, improve resiliency, invest in longevity, drive performance and deliver real impact on farm productivity.