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Specialty Coffee Association announces finalists for 2024 Sustainability Awards

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The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), which serves as a cornerstone for the global coffee industry, recently made an announcement that has captured the attention of coffee enthusiasts and professionals alike. It unveiled the finalists for the 2024 Sustainability Awards, a prestigious recognition that celebrates exceptional contributions to sustainability within the coffee sector.  

These awards are distinguished not only by their recognition of both for-profit and non-profit organizations but also by their celebration of innovation, collaboration, and positive impact throughout the entire coffee value chain. The commitment demonstrated by these finalists to addressing critical challenges such as climate change and gender inequality highlights their dedication to fostering a more sustainable and equitable coffee industry. 

Among the for-profit category finalists, the Rebuild Womens Hope Cooperative is noteworthy for its significant efforts in empowering women within the coffee industry. This cooperative has been focused on creating avenues for economic independence and leadership among women, ensuring they have the resources and opportunities necessary to succeed. Similarly, Black Baza Coffee Co. has earned its place among the finalists through its commitment to biodiversity conservation and the enhancement of farmer livelihoods via sustainable coffee production practices.  

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On the other hand, Fazenda Três Meninas has made notable contributions through its dedication to environmental stewardship and community engagement within Brazil’s coffee sector. Neighbors & Crops and Sancoffee, both finalists, have been recognized for their innovative efforts in connecting coffee producers with global markets, thereby promoting fairness and sustainability. Amavida Coffee and Trading Company stands out for its strides in ethical sourcing and community support, setting a benchmark for responsible business practices within the industry. 

The non-profit category features the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA), which has been instrumental in supporting women across the global coffee sector through initiatives aimed at leadership development and economic empowerment; Root Capital has been focused on the growth of agricultural enterprises that positively affect rural communities by emphasizing sustainability and prosperity; Blockchain Coffee Beans has introduced innovative technology to improve transparency and traceability within the coffee supply chain, revolutionizing the documentation of coffee’s journey from farm to cup; World Coffee Research is dedicated to bolstering coffee farmers’ resilience through scientific research and innovation, addressing the pressing challenges posed by climate change and evolving market demands; TechnoServe has engaged with enterprising individuals in the developing world to construct competitive farms, businesses, and industries; And The Chain Collaborative’s Community-Led Development Incubator Program has earned recognition for its approach to empowering coffee communities through projects that are led locally, underscoring the significance of community involvement in sustainable development. 

Selected meticulously by a committee composed of SCA staff from an overwhelming number of submissions, these finalists reflect the diverse and innovative approaches being adopted to make the coffee industry more sustainable. The winners, who will be chosen with the help of previous SCA Sustainability Award recipients, are eagerly awaited to be announced in late March 2024. Their achievements will be acknowledged at two significant industry events: the Specialty Coffee Expo in April and the World of Coffee Copenhagen in June, with TricorBraun Flex generously supporting the 2024 Sustainability Awards. 

This year’s finalists embody a sector that is vibrant and committed to sustainability at every step of the coffee value chain, from the farm to the final cup. Their pioneering solutions and collaborative efforts are transforming the industry, setting a precedent for others to follow, and ensuring a more sustainable and equitable future for coffee around the world. 

Dr. Edward Mungai
Dr. Edward Mungaihttp://www.edwardmungai.com/
The writer, Dr. Edward Mungai, is a global sustainability expert. He is the Lead Consultant and Partner at Impact Africa Consulting Ltd (IACL), a leading sustainability and strategy advisory in Africa. He is also the Chief Editor at Africa Sustainability Matters. He can be contacted via mailto:edward@edwardmungai.com

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