The Mt. Sunzu Coffee Estate is embedded in the prevailing local structures. We are part of the society and the local, regional and global environment. We understand the role and the importance our company has in terms of local impact. Therefore, we don’t simply want to coexist with our surroundings, we take our responsibility in improving the local situation. We are committed to this responsibility and we are eager to take the steps necessary to pursue the goal of a fair and equal world in which everybody can live their life in dignity.
Consumers are increasingly interested and concerned how their consumption impacts the farmer. Producers – and therefore the Mt. Sunzu Coffee Estate – need to accelerate their pace to act as change agents and ignite a real transformation in the lives of smallholder farmers as measured by the Global Goals.
Nearly every major coffee-producing region of the world is under stress. Climate change, lack of interest from the next generation of coffee growers, aging coffee trees, and inadequate access to inputs to enhance productivity. Others deal with issues of gender equity in coffee or irresponsible use of pesticides. Coffee producers are challenged to find a solution in adapting to climate change and improving technologies to increase greenhouse gas sequestration and reduce its mitigation.
Business has a key role to play as an engine of economic growth and employment and a source of finance, technology and innovation. A prosperous, SDG-compatible 2030 will rely heavily on innovations across areas such as sustainable cities, climate-smart agriculture, clean energy, and improved medicine and health care – all areas that depend on the dynamism and the funding of the private sector working in close partnership with governments and communities.
While pursuing these opportunities it is also important to remain mindful of the core responsibilities that business has with regard to the development agenda. The baseline for any company should be to ensure that its operations are not hindering global development. Negative social impacts, in particular around human rights, cannot be offset by positive contributions, and every company has a responsibility first and foremost to identify and mitigate them as a baseline for meaningful SDG alignment.