What the 2030 agenda is and why it is important to us
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a programme that was signed in September 2015 by the governments of the UN’s 193 member states. It consists of 17 goals (Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) which countries have committed to achieving by 2030 and that touch on important points such as fighting poverty, eradicating hunger and combating climate change, to name just a few. At Caffè Borbone we feel it is our responsibility to do our bit, by pursuing the sustainable development of our company, beginning with the coffee sourcing phase and throughout the life cycle of our products. These are the Sustainable Development Goals dictated by the 2030 Agenda that Caffè Borbone is inspired by.
On our website you will find some of the practical measures
that respond to the sustainable development goals dictated
by the 2030 Agenda.
Simply search for the corresponding icons to identify the area where our commitment lies.
The areas of our commitment to sustainable development
We strive every day towards responsibility and integrity to
promote agricultural practices in balance with ecosystems,
resilient to climate change and attentive to social needs,
women, indigenous peoples and farmers’ families.
The management of our strategic supplies requires special attention. This is why we create partnerships with coffee importers, relying on selected international intermediaries who are committed to sustainability, including Olam. Among the main operators worldwide, Olam offers substantial guarantees of alignment with international standards and active promotion of a sustainable coffee supply chain.
Traceability of raw materials, starting with raw coffee, is fundamental to us. This year, in fact, around 10 per cent of the total coffee will be sourced from supply chains that can demonstrate complete traceability, with the goal for 2023 to reach around 25 to 30 per cent.
Among the next steps, we intend to promote the effective application of the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains.
Coffee cultivation requires, in addition, a shared commitment against deforestation, to protect the planet’s green heritage which plays a fundamental role in mitigating climate change. Through the Italian Coffee Committee, a member of the European Coffee Federation, we support the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030, sharing the objectives of the European Commission to protect and restore the world’s forests in a sustainable way. With the involvement of stakeholders and including producer countries, we intend to foster dialogue and share best practices.
Environment and food safety
Our goal is to increase production efficiency in order to
reduce our direct and indirect footprint: renewable energies,
increasingly sustainable packaging, and food safety are all
issues that are close to our hearts and that every day
translate into practical steps towards change.
In the last year, the photovoltaic system installed on the roofs of our production plant has generated and fed over 100,000 kWh of renewable electricity into the grid, an amount equal to the annual consumption of almost 50 Italian families, but saving at least 50 tonnes of CO2 compared to conventional electricity supply.
We pay a great deal of attention to packaging. For example, the paper and cardboard we use are certified by the international NGO Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which guarantees that the product is made with raw materials deriving from properly managed forests and from recycling.
In addition, we ensure quality and food safety throughout the entire production process with advanced, integrated management systems, which thanks to the effectiveness demonstrated and verified over time have obtained the official third-party certification ISO 9001 and IFS Food Standard. In particular, the IFS standard identifies the specific elements of a management system focusing on the quality and health and hygiene safety of products. It involves the adoption of good practices, a HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), a documented quality management system, a standard control for the workplace, for the product, for the process and for the staff. It also requires defined specifications for raw materials, intermediates / semi-finished products and other products, supplier monitoring and the proactive management of environmental aspects such as waste management and industrial hygiene.
At Caffè Borbone we actively look after the health, safety and well-being of our employees for an inclusive and progressive working environment.
We want to actively promote responsible lifestyles. Furthermore, we remain close to the local area and the community, with many initiatives that combine business, social value and environmental responsibility.
From the adoption of the Code of Ethics to cooperation with entities, organisations, institutions and authorities, we promote legality and integrity in every aspect of the business. We adopt a Code of Ethics that explicitly recalls the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, recognised as an advanced reference at international level also in the matter of corporate governance. At Caffè Borbone we are committed daily to directing our business towards new ambitious goals, through a sustainable approach aimed at creating shared value for society and the environment.