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We welcome you to view documents related to the RGC 3E® Sustainability Scheme:

RGC 3E® Sustainability validation scheme

RGC 3E® Supplier's Checklist

RGC 3E® Small Producer's Checklist

RGC 3E® Info on Indicators that require documentation

RGC 3E® General Protocol of the Sustainability Scheme

Sustainability is not a fad for us.
It’s a critical business strategy.

It’s about stewardship of people, planet, and our product. For over a decade, it has been a crucial element in how we conduct our business.

When prices on the commodities market fell far below the cost of production in the mid-90s, we started to think differently about the work we needed to do to support and strengthen our supply chain. We began to pay premiums for our green coffees and looked for ways to bolster the communities upon which we all depend for our coffees.

We are committed to preserving the communities and ecosystems that make coffee flourish. At origin, all of our work prioritizes and supports environmental conservation, involves our partners to ensure collaboration, and can be categorized into three interdependent areas, our "3-E's":

Improve Access to:
Illuminate Opportunities:
Human Rights
Financial Literacy
Instill Business Rigor:
Agricultural Practices
Productivity & Profitability
Income Diversification

RGC's long-term suppliers are the strategic partners with whom we orchestrate relationship projects, facilitating roaster participation in efforts to collaborate directly with coffee-growing communities.

These efforts strive to strengthen our supply and roaster partnerships through:

  • Proven, well-regarded, cost-effective programs that support a business case
  • Customized programming that matches roaster interests and proprietary priorities
  • Flexibility in the premium and donation levels that support these efforts, their focus, and the branding of these projects.

Environmental Stewardship

Working with nature guides all of our efforts because we all depend on these precious resources globally.

Knowledge and technologies are developed to:

  • Encourage conservation of the environment and preserve biodiversity
  • Help adapt to, and reduce the effects, of climate change
  • Make efficient use of water to minimize waste and contamination
  • Monitor soil, erosion, and the use of fertilizers to ensure best practices are implemented
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