Coffee is an integral commodity when it comes to sustainable development. Here at Mercanta, we value our producers and the hard work exerted to efficiently produce quality coffee. We seek to pay our producers a livable wage and promote the importance of sustainability throughout our many partner countries.
Diligent sorters ensuring the quality of coffee in Halo Berti, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia.
In 2015, the UN generated a list of global goals called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to work on sustainably developing communities worldwide whilst improving environmental standards and decreasing poverty by 2030. Amongst the goals, a number are directly impacted by the coffee industry, of which, we at Mercanta utilize to guarantee coffee-producing communities can maintain production, whilst also contributing to improved livelihoods.
We are proud advocates of the SDGs and hope to aid in the achievement of reducing poverty, improving environmental conditions, decreasing gender inequality, and promoting sustainable development of coffee-producing communities.
SDG 1 – No Poverty
People in poverty live on less than $1.25 per day. Nearly 90% of coffee is grown and produced within impoverished countries.
Through our work, we are paying producers well-over the C-Market price to ensure that costs are covered and that producers, their families and their workers are pulled out of poverty and living a sustainable life.
SDG 2 – Zero Hunger
By paying more than the C-Market price, we are promoting a zero-hunger goal and hope everyone we work with is food secure.
SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being
Each pound of coffee purchased by Mercanta goes towards ensuring the health and well-being of all involved in the production of our coffee are maintained.
SDG 4 – Quality Education
As our producers are able to maintain production regardless of any increased input costs, some have worked to improve educational facilities within their communities.
Various projects with our partners are in place to improve schooling facilities in coffee-producing communities.
SDG 5 – Gender Equality
We support a number of female producers and pay them equally compared to
their male counterparts.
Nearly 5 million women own coffee farms, making up around 20% of all coffee farms worldwide. Mercanta relies on the hard work of not only these
women owners, but the millions of other women working within farms.
SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
Many of our partners are located in regions that face water shortages and clean water issues. By working to pay more for each pound of coffee, we are also
working to promote clean water and water availability in places such as Guatemala and Brazil.
SDG 7 – Clean Energy
With increased revenue, producers are more able to focus on clean energy projects such as utilizing coffee pulp for an anaerobic digestor.
Some of our producers rely on solar energy, reducing the impact on the environment.
SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
By maintaining higher prices for our coffee, we are supporting the inclusive and sustainable development of economic growth.
This also includes the assurance of decent work conditions for all that we work with.
SDG 10 – Reduce Inequality within and Among Countries
Mercanta seeks to reduce the inequalities of income by promising a minimum price of US$1.80/lb for all of our coffee.
SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
With each partnerships we create, we are promoting the sustainable development of communities.
SDG 13 – Climate Action
Our partnerships are forged with innovative producers who utilize nature to produce environmentally friendly coffee preserving biodiversity and surrounding ecosystems. Thus, facilitating the creation of climate-smart systems, well-adapted to changes in climate.
SDG 15 – Life on Land
Our producers utilize the benefits of ecosystems to produce high-quality coffee whilst reducing the impact on local species.