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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 SCA Sustainability Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 SCA Sustainability Awards. The deadline to submit an application is December 14, 2018. The Sustainability Awards were created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable projects in the coffee sector. Each year, the SCA Sustainability Council reviews dozens of applications …

Sustainability: Changing Everything Except the Goal | Re:co Seattle 2018

Kim Elena Ionescu moderates a panel with Merling Preza, Alejandro Cadena, Lee Wallace, and Molly Laverty at Re:co Symposium in Seattle in April 2018.  Listen to this week’s episode of our podcast for a conversation between Peter Giuliano and Kim Elena about this introductory sustainability panel which covered a wide range of topics including the reduction in …

Gender Equality in Coffee: Minimizing the Gender Gap in Agriculture

Excerpt from KIM ELENA IONESCU’s introduction of the newly republished SCA White Paper titled Gender Equality and Coffee: Minimizing the Gender Gap in Agriculture, released this week in celebration of #EqualPayDay. Many readers of the Blueprint for Gender Equality in the Coffeelands— including those that read it when it was first released in late 2015— …

Webinar: Results of the SCA Membership Survey on Sustainability

Update: Thanks to all who joined us for this webinar! The recording of the session can be found above. Click here to download the slides presented. By KIM ELENA IONESCU Photo: Participants at Avance Guatemala The decision to elevate sustainability to the level of a center – along with research, education, and events – was …

SCA Sustainability Webinar: The Profitability of Coffee Farming

Update on February 9, 2018: We have included a Q&A session from the webinar at the end of this post. Update on January 31, 2018: Thanks to our attendees and panelists who joined this SCA Sustainability Webinar yesterday. The number of registrations overwhelmed the webinar system we use, preventing many registrants from joining the session. …

Sustainability Spending: Understanding What We’re Funding

Sustainability Catalogue by Kim Elena Ionescu

By KIM ELENA IONESCU According to a 2016 report commissioned by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), the Global Coffee Platform, and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, the global coffee industry spends $350 million USD each year on sustainability initiatives directed at coffee producers. In addition to that total figure, the Coffee Sustainability Catalogue, which is based …