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Nespresso adds women to the mix

From the April 2018 issue.

For the past few years, Nespresso has made gender equality a priority of its AAA Sustainable Quality Program.

In 2003, Nespresso launched its AAA Sustainable Quality Program in collaboration with the environmental nongovernmental organisation Rainforest Alliance. The program is a unique sourcing approach, developed to secure the highest quality green coffee while protecting the environment and enhancing farmer welfare.

For the past few years, the company has also made gender equality a priority of the AAA program. In May, it will publish a report that examines the barriers to strengthening the role of women in coffee farming and identifies opportunities to increase the involvement of women.

Empowering women to play a more direct role in the management of smallholder farms could have a significant impact on the economic and social development of millions of people. Research by the United Nations shows that when women work, economies grow faster and communities directly benefit as women tend to invest more of their earned income into their family’s health, nutrition, and education.

‘‘Gender equality is a critical part of coffee sustainability and something that is an integral part of our AAA program,” says Daniel Weston, Nespresso Head of Sustainability.

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