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Coffee Questions

In this section, you will find the list of 'Coffee' questions. The questions are categorized into three areas: Climate Change, Environmental Policy and Fair Trade / Labour Conditions. Clicking on a question heading will provide you with more background information, guidelines and possible justification for the question.

Coffee is made from the coffee bean. Coffee beans come from coffee cherries. Once the cherry is ripe, the cherry is harvested. The coffee bean inside the cherry is removed and dried. After drying, the coffee beans are roasted by a coffee roaster and sometimes grinded. When hot/boiling water is poured over the grinded coffee bean, the well known hot beverage of coffee is the result. To see how coffee is grown and produced, you may watch the following youtube videos > Production Process Coffee Animation or Production Process Coffee Real Pictures.

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Questions about Climate Change

Coffee - Climate Protection Question 1:
Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions?

Coffee - Climate Protection Question 2:
Has the brand (company) published the carbon-footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years?

Coffee - Climate Protection Question 3:
Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources?

Coffee - Climate Protection Question 4:
Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources?

Coffee - Climate Protection Question 5:
Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years?

Coffee - Climate Protection Question 6:
Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations?

Questions about Environmental Policy

Coffee - Ecology Question 1:
Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials (coffee) for at least 5% of its volume?

Coffee - Ecology Question 2:
Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials (coffee) for at least 10% of its volume?

Coffee - Ecology Question 3:
Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials (coffee) for at least 25% of its volume?

Coffee - Ecology Question 4:
Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials (coffee) for at least 50% of its volume?

Coffee - Ecology Question 5:
Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials (coffee) for at least 75% of its volume?

Coffee - Ecology Question 6:
Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials (coffee) for 100% of its volume?

Coffee - Ecology Question 7:
Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, and does the brand already show clear 'best practices' regarding more sustainable packaging?

Coffee - Ecology Question 8:
Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results?

Coffee - Ecology Question 9:
Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results?

Questions about Labour Conditions / Fair Trade

Coffee - Labour Policy Question 1:
Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers?

Coffee - Labour Policy Question 2:
Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% of its coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee?

Coffee - Labour Policy Question 3:
Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% of its coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee?

Coffee - Labour Policy Question 4:
Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% of its coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee?

Coffee - Labour Policy Question 5:
Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% of its coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee?

Coffee - Labour Policy Question 6:
Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% of its coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee?

Coffee - Labour Policy Question 7:
Does the brand (company) purchase 100% of its coffee from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the coffee?

Coffee - Labour Policy Question 8:
Does the brand (company) have a published list of coffee suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume?