Kathrine Löfberg hands over the ICP chairmanship to Rui Miguel Nabeiro
The non-profit partnership International Coffee Partners (ICP) has announced its new Chair: Rui Miguel Nabeiro, CEO of Grupo Nabeiro/Delta Cafés, Portugal. He is taking over the role from Kathrine Löfberg, Chair of the Board at Löfbergs, Sweden, who was in office for the past six years.
"Certifications is an important piece of the puzzle for fair and sustainable development"
There is a need for increased justice in the value chain and we work with that in several different ways. For instance, certifications. We imported the first container of organic coffee to Sweden in 1995. Today we are one of the world’s largest buyers and roaster of organic and Fairtrade coffee today.
Working with certifications means that an independent party controls the farm, that the produ
"The ambition is to transform the coffee industry and improve the farmers' opportunities"
The coffee industry faces great challenges, and many coffee farmers are struggling every day to survive financially. It is threatening the livelihoods and makes fewer young people see a future as coffee farmers, which in the long run can decrease the access to coffee. We work in many ways in our own value chain, for example through supplier follow-ups, development projects and certifications. But
"Fair trade a driving force for sustainable development"
A fair growth on commercial terms, where fundamental human rights are respected, is a prerequisite for sustainable development, and to contribute to a more fair, performance-driven and transparent value chain is at core in our sustainability work. We aim to be a driving force when it comes to creating better possibilities for coffee farmers and their communities around the world.
"Open innovation creates new opportunities in the area of sustainability"
The circular transformation must extend outside of our own business to make a real difference. We want to involve both coffee farmers and consumers, and everyone in between, on our journey ahead. But we do not have all the solutions yet, and we have to work innovatively both internally and externally to find them.
“We want to contribute to a world where both people and coffee can grow”
Sustainability has always been important for us at Löfbergs, ever since we started in 1906. It permeates our entire business and everything we do. We are proud of how far we have come in some areas, but there is still left to be done in others. Our aim towards continuous sustainability improvement characterises our whole culture.
"Digitization is crucial for the quality coffee of the future"
"Era of We thus gives the coffee farmers a voice and enables them to differentiate themselves with independent brands. That way, they are also empowered to set the price of their products themselves. It fundamentally changes the rules of the game."
Co-operation for a sustainable future
A sustainable development requires co-operation. We also get better by learning from others. At Löfbergs, we are engaged in a number of networks and initiatives to influence the social development and share knowledge and experience regarding sustainability with others.
Inclusion makes Löfbergs smarter
Löfbergs believe in inclusion and diversity and want to offer their co-workers a workplace, where everyone no matter their gender, age and origin can be themselves, contribute, and develop. A safe, inclusive, and developing culture with a diversity perspective makes the company smarter and more profitable.
Together for a fair growth
A fair growth on commercial conditions, where fundamental human rights are respected, is a prerequisite for sustainable development. To secure the supply of coffee for tomorrow, Löfbergs are working together with a number of players to improve the coffee farmers’ living conditions, development possibilities, and ability to adapt to the effects of climate change.
From linear to circular
Coffee is amazing! The smell and the taste of it, that it gives us energy, and wakes us up. Coffee is a social glue that brings people together. But we also know that coffee could mean so much more. The coffee’s full potential is not being used today. Löfbergs want to change that and contribute to a 100 per cent circular production and consumption of coffee, totally waste-free.