Bob and Christine Stiller Award Unprecedented Challenge Grant to Nonprofit Fair Trade USA
Oakland, CA, November 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Today Bob Stiller, long-time Fair Trade enthusiast and founder of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (now Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.), and wife Christine Stiller, awarded a monumental $10 million challenge grant to nonprofit organization and leading Fair Trade certifier Fair Trade USA. This investment will help fund three critical work streams aimed at increasing the reach and impact of Fair Trade certification for farmers and workers worldwide.
In recent years, there has been considerable debate about the social, environmental and economic impact of tobacco growing, especially in developing countries and some orgnaisations are calling for tobacco farmers to be encouraged to switch to alternative crops.
As we actively engage with regulators and governments on this issue, we have developed five core principles which we believe can help guide their future policy decision making.
Evidence-based: Driven by market dynamics and based on sound research and scientific evidence
Because of their rural location, many of BAT's upland farmers in Bangladesh haven’t had an electricity supply. Access to clean water for drinking and sanitation can also be a major challenge for them.
Since 2011, BAT Bangladesh has provided over 1,300 solar energy panels that generate electricity for 15 remote villages in tobacco growing areas. The company also runs a project which has, so far, installed 53 water filtration plants that purify up to 270,000 litres a day, providing much needed clean drinking water in 14 districts.
This should be a prosperous time for Justice Obini, a cocoa farmer in West Africa. With appetite for chocolate at an all-time high – the global demand has risen 13 percent in five years – his cocoa beans are sought after. Yet Obini struggles daily to take care of his farm -- and his family of ten.
September 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ - PT Freeport Indonesia, a Freeport-McMoRan company, has sponsored a coffee farmer collective in Papua, Indonesia since 2000. For 14 years Amungme Gold coffee has been farmed and processed by indigenous Amungme farmers under the guidance of Freeport’s entrepreneur business program to meet growing demand from consumers.
The Amungme Gold Cooperative has 109 coffee farmers working on coffee plantations spread over an area of 42 hectares located in four high plains communities near the PT Freeport Indonesia operations.