Westrock Coffee Co. LLC has pledged to responsibly source 100% of the company’s coffee and tea by 2025. This supports its foundational sustainability strategy and commitment to purchase and process all products in a manner that is fair to the people who grow and handle it, their employees, peers and environments, according to a recent announcement.
Currently, 61% of Westrock’s coffee and tea is responsibly sourced across 35 farming origins. Westrock Coffee will close the gap by building a global supplier assurance framework in partnership with the Committee on Sustainable Assessment and the British Standards Institution.
The program will audit its entire supplier network for compliance with Westrock Coffee’s Responsible Sourcing Policy. Additionally, Westrock will deploy more personnel in key supply chains to quantify the social, environmental, and entrepreneurial impact of coffee and tea at origin.
Beyond its responsible sourcing commitments, Westrock Coffee has proprietary platforms in eight origins supporting economically and environmentally sustainable supply chains for 106,865 farmers. These programs are the cornerstone of the company’s sustainability strategy and give customers ethical assurance on their products.
Prior to Westrock Coffee’s acquisition of S&D Coffee and Tea, 90% of its green coffee purchases were Farmer Direct Verified or certified. In the past year, the Little Rock, AR-based company said it has converted more than 43 items to meet responsible sourcing standards.