Jose Arias González, a coffee farmer from Colombia, describes how the industry’s first retirement savings scheme is providing a financial safety net and attracting the next generation back into farming
“This fund is a bit like a small tree: I nurture and tend it until, one day, it becomes so big that I can rest in its shade”, Colombian coffee farmer José Arias González explains, as he reflects on the benefits of a programme that is supporting him and 850 other smallholder farmers in Caldas, a region famous for producing some of the world’s best coffee.
[Article from the January 2016 issue of GreenMoney Journal]
Self Help Credit Union’s Green Impact Capital
By Melissa Malkin-Weber, Sustainability Director, Self-Help Credit Union
When I finished graduate school in 1994, I wanted to build a meaningful career using my training in law and public health. More specifically, I had two major goals: to create a more sustainable planet, and to invest my money in a way that was consistent with my social justice values. Ideally, I would weave the two together.
By Paul Bakus, President of Nestlé Corporate Affairs
It continues to amaze me there are still politicians, pundits, and business leaders who deny the urgency of climate change and its projected impact on our planet. Not only is this argument no longer credible, we’re quickly running out of time to act.
A new coffee from Nespresso has provided a much-needed boost to South Sudan’s farmers and, says agronomist Jennifer Poni, given women a stake in the country’s economy
Producing the best-quality coffee is a complicated business. When it comes to growing coffee, for example, farmers need to know how best to plant the coffee seedlings, how much to water them and how to harvest and process the beans.
Jennifer Poni, an agronomist with TechnoServe in Yei, South Sudan, ensures that the farmers she works with grow the best coffee they can. TechnoServe is a non-profit organisation working with Nespresso to produce, in this instance, its new Suluja ti South Sudan coffee.
Article from Shared Value Initiative Highlights Companies in Food, Nutrition, Agriculture
An article from Shared Value Initiative recently named Abbott a "company to watch" for leadership in shared value and investing in innovations to address societal needs through business. The article highlighted Abbott's work in India to create customized nutrition products targeted to local needs, and a program to provide training & support for dairy farmers in India.
Quick action and immediate willingness to help a neighbor made a big difference in saving property and wildlife habitat from even worse destruction during Oregon’s first major brush fire of the season.
The fire consumed an estimated 40,000 acres in north-central Oregon, according to Boardman Rural Fire Protection District Lt. Casey Zellars.
“We had pretty much all the emergency responders in Morrow and Umatilla counties out there from the time the fire was reported at 2 p.m. Monday until it was finally put out after midnight on Tuesday,” he relates.
MINNEAPOLIS, June 3, 2015 /3BL Media/ – General Mills is investing $50,000 to support the Canada-based Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI), a multi-year program aimed at building resiliency and stability in the organic field crop sector while increasing the quantity and quality of organic field crops in Canada.
Company Sets Operational Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity Goal and Reports Status of Other Sustainability Commitments
ST. LOUIS,May 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Monsanto Company today released its 2014 Sustainability Report. Since announcing its first sustainability commitment framework in 2008, the company has advanced its three sustainability principles: (1) improving the lives of farmers, workers and communities, (2) producing enough food to make a balanced meal accessible to all, and (3) conserving Earth’s resources and preserving the natural environment.
By Robert T. Fraley, Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto
Imagine, as the world grows more hot and crowded, nothaving to using more land for farms but returning some of it instead to forest and grassland. Imagine the reductions in soil erosion and water consumption, the decline of greenhouse gas emissions, and a host of other benefits for our planet.