Sustainability Award: Business Model Category
History of the Award
Since 2004, the SCA has recognized outstanding work in the field of sustainability with the our annual Sustainability Awards. The projects, business models, and people receiving these awards are not only dedicated to confronting the enormous challenges facing our industry – from climate change to gender inequality – but also to collaborating across geographies, cultures, and supply chain roles, and to to sharing the lessons they have learned for the benefit of the entire coffee sector. The 2019 Sustainability Awards will be presented at the Re:co Symposium, held April 10 and 11 in Boston, USA.
This award recognizes the role that for-profit companies play in the sustainability of the coffee sector. In addition to recognizing the individuals involved in creating the business, the award also aims to inspire others to initiate build sustainable business models. Please note that this award is for businesses that have been operating for at least three years. Products, projects, and ideas do not qualify for the award.
Exceptional approach. Business models will pursue equity, prioritize mutual benefits, and address intertwined social, economic, and environmental challenges facing coffee value chains.
Adaptability. Business practices will be relevant to large and small companies and resonate across cultures and geographies.
Impact. Businesses will clearly articulate how their models have achieved meaningful results.
Global Inspiration. Business models will galvanize industry members to action in support of specialty coffee's contribution to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Please see sidebar for more information.
Eligibility and Process
This annual award is open to SCA members who are involved in the coffee industry. Applications must be submitted by, or on behalf of, a business model in operation for a minimum of three years. Individuals, organizations, businesses, farms, and cooperatives may submit applications for multiple business models.
- Reimbursement of up to $1,000 for U.S.-based organizations ($1,500 for international organizations) from winner's residence to Boston, USA, for travel and lodging expenses to attend 2019 Re:co Symposium.
- Complimentary Re:co Symposium & Expo admission for one, and complimentary Expo Admissions for 2 others.