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Sustainability

Supply Chain Outreach

A resilient supply chain is essential to the long-term viability of our business. Our supply chain relationships offer us an understanding of the challenges our supply chain communities face, and insight into how to address them.

The challenges — and opportunities — in our supply chain communities are complex and interconnected, whether they involve crop quality and harvest sizes, threats to food and water supplies in farming communities, or the increasingly clear impacts from climate change. That is why Keurig Green Mountain has been dedicated for years to building a holistic understanding of the needs of our supply chain communities and to supporting those communities in building a foundation of resilience that can see them through even the toughest challenges. In fiscal 2014, we worked to deepen the integration of shared priorities and opportunity for impact in the supply chain.

Going forward, we will concentrate our agricultural outreach efforts on projects in three areas:

  1. Whole-Farm Planning and Production: We are building farmers’ capacity to sustainably increase yields and quality of their coffee crops while also encouraging income diversification that strengthens resilience to external shocks and food scarcity. We complement this agricultural assistance with educational programs on food security and nutrition.
  2. Water Stewardship and Climate Resilience: We are increasing access to potable water and improving water management for agriculture. We help supply chain communities incorporate climate- and water-smart production practices and the optimal use of resources that are better for farmers and better for the environment.
  3. Strong Rural Organizations: We strengthen farmer organizations’ capacity to provide value-added services to farmers, including access to credit, agronomic assistance, inputs, quality assurance, and differentiated market channels.

Over the last two years, we have also placed a special Company-wide emphasis on water stewardship. Water is vitally important to every aspect of our business, and through our products, operations, and supply chain, we strive to be water stewards and create a positive impact on both the quality and the availability of water. Rainwater is a critical input to coffee plants in order for them to flower on time and produce the coffee cherries that in turn yield the coffee beans required for our coffees. Water also is required for the processing of coffee cherries on the farm. If the water cycle is disrupted in any way — either the quality or the quantity of water — it can affect coffee quality. The same can be said of all agricultural crops, including tea, cocoa, and fruits, as well as home garden plots that feed the families and communities that care for these crops. If agricultural communities do not have access to clean water for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and drinking, it is difficult for them to sustain a livelihood growing crops for export — let alone for feeding their families.

We also continued our work to promote recovery from La Roya, the coffee leaf rust disease that is plaguing coffee farmers from Mexico to Peru. Because we source our coffee from locations around the globe, La Roya does not pose a direct threat to the sufficiency of Keurig Green Mountain’s coffee supplies. However, it has the potential to cripple coffee-growing communities that are traditional origins in our sourcing mix. As part of our holistic support for coffee-growing communities, we are spearheading action to help farmers prevent, address, and recover from La Roya outbreaks.

While the focus of these efforts has traditionally been on our coffee supply chains, a legacy of the leadership and vision of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, we aim to expand these efforts to other key agricultural commodities as well as to manufacturing supplier communities. In fiscal 2014, we continued the series of life-skills trainings in our contract manufacturing communities that we launched in fiscal 2013. One of our large Keurig® brewer manufacturers in China hosted classes at four factories, reaching more than 1,000 workers per quarter with a goal of providing continuous education on fundamental livelihood needs and improving workers’ confidence and morale.

 

For more information on Supply Chain Outreach see our Fiscal 2014 Sustainability Report.

 

Improving Crops

World Coffee Research

Just as we support farmers to build their resilience to climate change, we partner with World Coffee Research to prepare coffee trees for a changing environment. Keurig Green Mountain supports research to breed coffee plants that can better withstand some of the negative effects of climate change.

Farm Management

Whole Farm Production Training

We have been working with Save the Children in Sumatra since 2010, funding training programs that have taught thousands of farmers about advanced coffee production practices, boosting yields while diversifying their production to improve food security.
Goal: 55,000 individuals

Water Stewardship

Blue Harvest Project

Blue Harvest seeks to demonstrate that “good coffee management is good water management.” The program includes steps to improve local water quality and quantity in Central America, as well as providing water-smart agronomic training to coffee farmers.
Goal: 150,000 individuals

Building Resilience

Coffee Farmer Resilience

In partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Skoll Foundation, USAID, and others, Keurig Green Mountain provided support for Root Capital’s multi-faceted strategy to build long-term resilience for coffee enterprises and farmers affected by coffee leaf rust in Latin America.

Food Security

Coffeelands Food Security

As a founding member of the Coffeelands Food Security Coalition, we visited a co-funded project in Nicaragua to observe the initiative’s twin impacts: generating income for women through microcredit and increasing effective citizen participation in local-level decision-making on food security issues.

Food Systems

Sustainable Food Lab

Through this consortium, we engage with peer companies to speed progress toward a sustainable mainstream food system worldwide. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board, Keurig Green Mountain recently participated in two forums to better understand the unique challenges and opportunities facing smallholder agricultural systems.

The challenges — and opportunities — in our supply chain communities are complex and interconnected, whether they involve crop quality and harvest sizes, threats to food and water supplies in farming communities, or the increasingly clear impacts from climate change. That is why Keurig Green Mountain has been dedicated for years to building a holistic understanding of the needs of our supply chain communities and to supporting those communities in building a foundation of resilience that can see them through even the toughest challenges. In fiscal 2014, we worked to deepen the integration of shared priorities and opportunity for impact in the supply chain.

Going forward, we will concentrate our agricultural outreach efforts on projects in three areas:

  1. Whole-Farm Planning and Production: We are building farmers’ capacity to sustainably increase yields and quality of their coffee crops while also encouraging income diversification that strengthens resilience to external shocks and food scarcity. We complement this agricultural assistance with educational programs on food security and nutrition.
  2. Water Stewardship and Climate Resilience: We are increasing access to potable water and improving water management for agriculture. We help supply chain communities incorporate climate- and water-smart production practices and the optimal use of resources that are better for farmers and better for the environment.
  3. Strong Rural Organizations: We strengthen farmer organizations’ capacity to provide value-added services to farmers, including access to credit, agronomic assistance, inputs, quality assurance, and differentiated market channels.

Over the last two years, we have also placed a special Company-wide emphasis on water stewardship. Water is vitally important to every aspect of our business, and through our products, operations, and supply chain, we strive to be water stewards and create a positive impact on both the quality and the availability of water. Rainwater is a critical input to coffee plants in order for them to flower on time and produce the coffee cherries that in turn yield the coffee beans required for our coffees. Water also is required for the processing of coffee cherries on the farm. If the water cycle is disrupted in any way — either the quality or the quantity of water — it can affect coffee quality. The same can be said of all agricultural crops, including tea, cocoa, and fruits, as well as home garden plots that feed the families and communities that care for these crops. If agricultural communities do not have access to clean water for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and drinking, it is difficult for them to sustain a livelihood growing crops for export — let alone for feeding their families.

We also continued our work to promote recovery from La Roya, the coffee leaf rust disease that is plaguing coffee farmers from Mexico to Peru. Because we source our coffee from locations around the globe, La Roya does not pose a direct threat to the sufficiency of Keurig Green Mountain’s coffee supplies. However, it has the potential to cripple coffee-growing communities that are traditional origins in our sourcing mix. As part of our holistic support for coffee-growing communities, we are spearheading action to help farmers prevent, address, and recover from La Roya outbreaks.

Supply Chain Outreach Spend by Primary ObjectiveWhile the focus of these efforts has traditionally been on our coffee supply chains, a legacy of the leadership and vision of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, we aim to expand these efforts to other key agricultural commodities as well as to manufacturing supplier communities. In fiscal 2014, we continued the series of life-skills trainings in our contract manufacturing communities that we launched in fiscal 2013. One of our large Keurig® brewer manufacturers in China hosted classes at four factories, reaching more than 1,000 workers per quarter with a goal of providing continuous education on fundamental livelihood needs and improving workers’ confidence and morale.

For more information on Supply Chain Outreach see our Fiscal 2014 Sustainability Report.