10 December 2021
The production of global commodities in some parts of the world is highly associated with human rights risks. This is largely because many commodities are produced in countries with poor track records of respecting and enforcing fundamental human rights. Sadly, coffee is no exception, with an estimated 25 million farming households in 70 countries growing and selling their produce in a complex and often informal supply chain.
Sucafina fully supports the Swiss commodity sector guidance on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and asks all its counterparties to do the same. We have a commitment and structure in place to ensure that our global operations meet international best practices.
Additionally, we invest considerable effort working outside the fence of our business to train and support independent farmers and farm workers. Our experience is that companies like ours play an important role in advocating for better working conditions, although we are always looking for opportunities to strengthen and improve our practices and policies.
We would also note that Sucafina neither owns nor leases farm land, nor is it engaged in any forms of farming activity.