Grinders Coffee continues its ten-year support for Fairtrade coffee this Fairtrade Fortnight (3-16 August 2018)!
Grinders Coffee supporting Fairtrade farmers
Sustainability, particularly ethical sourcing and the environment, is of increasing importance to coffee consumers. Grinders Coffee is committed to playing its part in leading a sustainable future for the coffee industry, and building on our ongoing relationship with Fairtrade is a key part of this commitment.
It's just one of the ways we're making a unique and sustainable impact in the communities where we operate.
Grinders is the largest branded roaster of Fairtrade green beans in Australia. Since 2008, Grinders has sold more than 1.7 million kilograms of Fairtrade Coffee and generated over A$1.1 million to help support 844,311 Fairtrade farmers and their communities in 475 cooperatives from 31 countries across the world. Fairtrade is an independent certification system that provides farmers and workers in developing countries with practical and technical support to grow their businesses and support their local communities, and a fair price – the Fairtrade Price - for their produce, helping protect them from damaging fluctuations in world market prices.
They also receive an additional sum of money – the Fairtrade Premium – for investment in social, economic, and environmental development in their community, such as educational and medical facilities. Whilst the specific challenges facing each coffee growing community are unique, many of the common challenges faced by farmers relate to the lack of infrastructure and basic social and community facilities.
Ronah Peve (pictured) is a member of the Highland Organic Agriculture Cooperative (HOAC) in Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Highlands and works as a farmer and extension officer – traditionally a man’s job.
She says, “In Papua New Guinea, coffee is something that men talk about, but I have been trying my best and now women in the village come to me for advice about caring for their coffee trees. They see it is not only a man’s job.”
For many members of HOAC secure housing is a significant issue. Traditionally homes are rebuilt every five years, so they remain strong, and local kunai grass is used for thatched roofs. However, the kunai grass is becoming increasingly difficult to find due to invasive weeds.
Fairtrade funding was used to provide 12 sheets of iron roofing to 200 households, providing longer lasting and durable homes. One member of the cooperative states, “Our dream in the next five years is to sleep under an iron roofed house and to have power/electricity”, and Grinders is playing a key role in making this dream a reality.
For more information on the Coca-Cola Amatil Group's community commitments and the diference we're making for our people, our consumers and the environment, click here.