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Enveritas provides sustainability assurance for the coffee industry. We visit smallholder coffee farms around the world to understand their social, economic, and environmental practices. In 2022, we will visit 50,000 farms across more than 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
We work with leading coffee roasters to understand the sustainability issues in their supply chain, based on our sustainability standards. Coffee roasters pay for these assessments, not coffee farmers. This provides a more inclusive approach that allows smallholder farmers to participate in sustainability-based export markets that they may otherwise be shut out from.
Coffee companies receive a responsible sourcing claim from Enveritas if they fulfill three steps: undertake an independent assessment of their supply chain on an annual basis for sustainability issues, work on these issues proportionally to the coffee purchases of the company, and conduct an independent evaluation of their efforts to create impact.
We believe this represents a pragmatic approach with integrity that offers a path to protect the environment and improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers.
Perks and Benefits
Working at Enveritas means constantly learning new things; we’re always innovating on how we do our work and what topics we’re investigating. Learning and professional development take a couple of different shapes at Enveritas: beyond the work itself, we provide a professional development budget for all staff and provide opportunities for staff whose jobs aren’t based in the field to visit coffee origins. These field visits allow our staff to see what life is like for coffee farmers and to learn how our Ops Teams operate. These trips create a richer understanding of why the work we do is so important.
As a company, we also organize an annual retreat, allowing us to get together and learn from each other on a variety of topics. (We skipped a few years due to COVID-19.) Prior retreats have included Costa Rica, Ethiopia, and Brazil. Our retreats are especially meaningful — while we’re a remote-first organization, Slack is no substitute for in-person conversation.
Getting together also allows us to learn about coffee, the beverage! This photo shows one of our engineers, Grace, at a coffee cupping we did in Ethiopia. But don’t worry if you don’t like to drink coffee — we do have staff who don’t drink it. What does unite us is our passion for improving the world’s understanding of coffee farmers and improving the livelihoods of those farmers.