2Degrees Award Win

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 | Tags: , ,

Matthew Algie scooped top prize at the 2Degrees Awards in the category Water Management, for our San del Oro project, a coffee cooperative in Southern Peru with whom we have a longstanding relationship. We were commended on our on-going commitment to implementing a number of adaptation strategies to promote the conservation and protection of water resources. The two-year project, which launched in 2013, in partnership with ethical trading company, Twin. 

Regarded as ultimate recognition for those driving innovation and pushing the boundaries of sustainable businesses, the awards ceremony is a unique opportunity for businesses to be voted for by their peers. 2degrees is the world's leading collaboration platform and service for sustainable business with over 48,400 members from 177 countries. Their large scale programs and member services enable thousands of people to solve problems, share best practice and collaborate to procure solutions.

 Working alongside and Fondoempleo - a Peruvian organisation responsible for financing sustainable employment projects - the initiative’s aims are to help member producers protect themselves against climate change and water scarcity by taking them through The Rainforest Alliance Climate Module, a training workshop that has been developed specifically for cooperative. Ultimately this will build their capacity to produce a more sustainable supply of certified coffee.

 To date, workshop training on how to manage and conserve water more effectively has seen 73 farms complete the Rainforest Alliance climate change module and a further 73 are expected to do so March 2015.  In addition, essential equipment – in the form of tubes and tanks – has, been supplied to half of the member farms to ensure a clean water supply. Farmers have also been supported in the planting of 780 native trees in the buffer zones around water sources so that they are protected and erosion is prevented.

The project was recently extended with further funding from the UK Fairtrade Foundation and Matthew Algie, demonstrating how supply chain stakeholders can come together to think collaboratively about how to secure their supply chain and mitigate future risks. It has also been an opportunity for civil society organisations such as Fairtrade and Fondoempleo to develop best practice and delivery of sustainable development goals for the coffee farmers.

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