The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) announced the 2019 SCA Sustainability Award winners. Union Hand-Roasted Coffee for their project at Yayu BioSphere Reserve, Agricafe / Fincas Los Rodriguez, and Esperanza Dionisio Castillo will be recognized on the Re:co Symposium stage the 11-12 April 2019.
The awards for Project and Business Model, created in 2004, recognize outstanding work in the field of sustainability in the coffee industry. This year there is a third award recognizing the work and impact of an individual, called the Sustainability Champion award.
- Project – “Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation and climate resilience at Yayu Biosphere Reserve” by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee. The award will be accepted by Pascale Schuit, Union’s Sustainable Sourcing Manager.
- Business Model – Agricafe S.A. / Fincas Los Rodriguez. The award will be accepted by Pedro Rodriguez.
- Sustainability Champion – Esperanza Dionisio Castillo
The selection process for the 2019 Sustainability Awards was led by the SCA Sustainability Center’s Awards Committee, a group of dedicated coffee professionals who volunteer their time to support the SCA’s mission, and the winners were chosen by individual votes from the committee’s members.
SCA Chief Sustainability Officer Kim Elena Ionescu said, “The SCA has recognized outstanding work in the field of sustainability since 2004 and with every year we see greater diversity in the approaches that companies, organizations, and individuals take to confronting the challenges facing our industry. This year’s awards reflect collaborations that happen across geographies, cultures, and supply-chain roles, and I’m thrilled to be able to celebrate a kind of innovation that benefits all of us.”