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Sustainability strategy

Volcafe's plan for a sustainable future

Volcafe's Sustainability Strategy is an ambitious, overarching plan to achieve Volcafe’s vision for a thriving, sustainable coffee business for all.

Our strategy builds on years of projects delivered by Volcafe teams around the globe, including our Volcafe Way activities, bringing structure and cohesion by focusing on three key areas: Sustainable Profitability, Regenerative Practices and Responsible Citizenship.

Volcafe Sustainability Strategy graphic

We hold a key position in the global coffee supply chain linking farmers in the field with roasters in the market. We’ve earned a reputation as a go-to partner for sustainability projects that deliver on-the-ground impacts while achieving the aims of our customers.

Now our plans have become more urgent and more ambitious. We want to work with all stakeholders in the coffee chain and, together, find permanent solutions to the systemic social, economic and environmental challenges that continue to exist in our sector.

Despite efforts made to date, far too many smallholder famers continue to live in poverty. Without profitable work that pays a living wage, these farmers cannot meet even their most basic needs for food, healthcare and the education of their children. This is preventing them and their communities from thriving. We want to find new ways to provide farmers with a stable and consistent living income.

In addition, coffee cultivation is already hugely affected by the devastating impact of climate change. This influences coffee in terms of quality, yield and pests, and affects the water supply to the crop.

At Volcafe, we want to tackle these challenges. We have been working to improve sustainable profitability for coffee farmers for years. And we are proud of that work. But the deadline to establish regenerative practices is getting even closer. Now, we have developed a more ambitious overarching sustainability strategy built on our vision for a thriving, sustainable coffee business for all.

Sustainability strategy framework

We developed a ‘sustainability strategy framework’ showing how our three key areas or pillars reflect both the drivers and enablers of our sustainability work at Volcafe. The framework also shows the material areas where we will make a difference and also how we will contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Volcafe Sustainability Strategy Framework


Partner with us on sustainability

Two of our field team members with coffee seedlings in Uganda

Volcafe wants to be your partner of choice. That includes working together to create a more sustainable coffee business.

We've run over 70 sustainability projects in recent years, working with roaster clients, NGOs, international funders, industry associations, local authorities, farmer associations, and other stakeholders. 

As a key connector with our own technical expertise on the ground at origin, we are well placed to implement projects that deliver positive results for coffee communities, our customers, and our own ambition.

Reach out to our office near you to discuss your sustainability targets and how we can be part of the solution.

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EcoVadis Gold Sustainability Rating

EcoVadis gave Volcafe its Gold rating for sustainability in 2022, placing us in the 93rd percentile of the 90,000+ companies they’ve assessed. The assessments check 21 criteria across four thematic areas – environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.

Learn more about EcoVadis Sustainability Ratings
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