Sustainability Award: Project Category

 
  Manos al Agua , a program of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC), received the Project Award in 2018 for their work on intelligent water management at the farm and landscape level in Colombia’s coffee sector. The program is a private-public partnership between the FNC, Cenicafé, Nestlé, Nespresso, WUR, RVO and APC Colombia. Roberto Velez, FNC’s Chief Executive Officer, accepted the award on behalf of Manos al Agua.

Manos al Agua, a program of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC), received the Project Award in 2018 for their work on intelligent water management at the farm and landscape level in Colombia’s coffee sector. The program is a private-public partnership between the FNC, Cenicafé, Nestlé, Nespresso, WUR, RVO and APC Colombia. Roberto Velez, FNC’s Chief Executive Officer, accepted the award on behalf of Manos al Agua.

 
 

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.

Criteria

This award celebrates innovative projects to expand and promote sustainability within the coffee sector. In addition to recognizing the work of the individuals, businesses, and organizations involved in the project, the award also aims to inspire others to initiate similar endeavors. Please note that this award is only for projects that have been implemented for at least three years. Products, companies, business models, and ideas do not qualify for the award.

Project applications will be judged on the following four criteria:

  1. Exceptional approach. Projects will pursue equity, prioritize mutual benefits, and contribute to the sustainability of the coffee industry by addressing intertwined social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the coffee sector.

  2. Adaptability. Project learnings will apply to large and small scale projects and resonate across cultures and geographies.

  3. Adaptability. Project learnings will apply to large and small scale projects and resonate across cultures and geographies.

  4. Global Inspiration. Projects 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 on behalf of a project implemented for a minimum of three years. Individuals, organizations, businesses, farms and cooperatives may submit applications for multiple projects or programs.

Prizes

  • Reimbursement of up to $1,000 for US-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.
  • A financial reward of US$15,000 toward the project or non-profit implementer in the case that the project has concluded.