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.
With a mix of agro-forestry and forest conservation we sustainably seuquestre CO2 in our plantation.
Farm income of Zambian Smallholder Farmer is generated by Valorising Organic Waste using Black Soldier Flies
Linking smallholder farmers to the global markets generates a major development impact across rural communities.
We are meeting at a time of immense challenges to sustainable development. Billions of the global citizens continue to live in poverty and are denied a life of dignity. There are rising inequalities within and among countries. There are enormous disparities of opportunity, wealth and power. Gender inequality remains a key challenge. Unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, is a major concern. Global health threats, more frequent and intense natural disasters, spiralling conflict, violent extremism, terrorism and related humanitarian crises and forced displacement of people threaten to reverse much of the development progress made in recent decades. Natural resource depletion and adverse impacts of environmental degradation, including desertification, drought, land degradation, freshwater scarcity and loss of biodiversity, add to and exacerbate the list of challenges which humanity faces. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. Increases in global temperature, sea level rise, ocean acidification and other climate change impacts are seriously affecting coastal areas and low-lying coastal countries, including many least developed countries and small island developing states. The survival of many societies, and of the biological support systems of the planet, is at risk.
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. The year 2030 is going to be a critical year for the coffee industry: climate change impacts are expected to intensify as demand for coffee continues to grow. To make coffee sustainable, everyone has to do their part. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDGs) or «Global Goals» provides a common language by setting out 17 goals to be achieved by 2030 for ensuring more inclusive growth. Sustainable development becomes real only when all interests are considered, when risks are shared across stakeholders and when there is collective accountability. This is the essence of Goal 17, which outlines strategic areas where everyone needs to play their part.
Although fundamentally it will be down to governments to tackle SDG implementation at a national level, the goals simply will not be achieved without meaningful action by business. 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.