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Ecom Sustainable Management Services: marketing sustainability in coffee certification efforts

From the December 2013 issue.

Ecom Group’s Joeri Kalwij discusses making sustainability schemes accessible in Papua New Guinea through Sustainable Management Services.

Sustainable Management ServicesJoeri Kalwij may be working towards an idealistic vision of how the coffee industry should operate, but he is doing so informed by a strong dose of realism.

Kalwij has been living and working in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for the past six years, integrating sustainability and certification into the supply chain for smallholder farmers throughout the rugged Pacific nation.

He is the Director of Sustainable Management Services, an affiliate of the Ecom Group that works with some of the major certification bodies and provides sustainable community projects to its grower networks. But Kalwij says that the truly important part of his work is making sure that this development work goes hand-in-hand with basic economics.

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