EFICO

EFICO is a green coffee specialist with family values established in 1926. With headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium, and offices in Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Ethiopia and Guatemala, EFICO facilitates the connection between coffee farmers and coffee roasters.

EFICO differentiates itself by offering a complete concept throughout the green coffee supply chain, from bean to cup. Ensuring to source and deliver a safe, traceable and sustainable quality coffee and tailor-made services to their worldwide clients prevails.

Their ambition towards a sustainable supply chain is a.o. reflected in their high-end green coffee warehouse, SEABRIDGE, their EFICO Foundation and their strong belief in the values of the UN Global Compact, being the first coffee trading company to sign up to in 2003.

EFICO directly works in support of 5 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on SDG 12, SDG 8, SDG 4, SDG 7 and SDG 17.

Statement of support

“At Efico, we highly appreciate and support the movement – the Sustainable Coffee Challenge – that Conservation International is leading towards a more sustainable coffee future. We aim to differentiate in our business through innovation, taking on challenges, sharing our knowledge and passion. Since many years, sustainability is an integral part of this. Based on our activities and aim to achieve transition, including our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we see a high synergy between SCC’s vision and our ambitions.” Michel Germanès, Managing Director, EFICO Group”

Actor
Trader
Action Networks
Partner Since May 2017

Our Commitments

By 2020, we will source 40% of our volume verified or certified against sustainability standards. By 2025 this will be 50%. We continue to invest in solid and long-term business relations and win-win partnerships. By 2020, more than 80% of our volume will be sourced from cooperatives or local exporters, impacting decent work and economic growth. Via our EFICO Foundation we invest in quality education, knowledge transfer and climate change.

In partnership with: We partner with several cooperatives and exporters in various countries. Within the EFICO Foundation, several project partners are identified (see https://www.eficofoundation.org/projects)

Update

July 30, 2021

Our commitments set out for 2020 are met:

In 2020 :

- we sourced about 80% directly from cooperatives, unions or local exporters, boosting local development and economic growth;

- 60% of our coffee sourced was verified or certified according to various sustainability standards;

- 11 projects were supported via our EFICO Foundation, with improved possibilities, empowerment and prosperity for 6,636 direct beneficiaries, and indirectly generating a positive impact on the lives of over 11,020 coffee families. This was possible thanks to the partnerships with 60 organizations and companies.

Looking ahead, our focus is on following 2025 targets:

SUSTAINABLE SOURCING : MARKETS

Commitment : More than 50% sourced verified or certified according to various sustainability standards

PEOPLE : IMPROVE WELL-BEING & PROSPERITY

Commitment : To create stable and economically viable supply chains

Indicator: Amount of origins & organizations benefiting or exemplary flagship supply chains where procurement loyalty, improved prosperity and gender equity is integrated in sourcing & measurement

2019:

In 2019 :

- we sourced about 83% directly from cooperatives, unions or local exporters, boosting local development and economic growth;

- 54% of our coffee sourced was verified or certified according to various sustainability standards;

- 13 projects were supported via our EFICO Foundation, with improved possibilities, empowerment and prosperity for 5,975 direct beneficiaries, and indirectly generating a positive impact on the lives of over 8,797 coffee families. This was possible thanks to the partnerships with 65 organisations and companies.

2018:

At EFICO, personal relations with our suppliers are key. In 2018, we sourced about 85% directly from cooperatives, unions or local exporters, boosting local development and economic growth. In 2018, 53% of our coffee sourced was verified or certified according to various sustainability standards. Over the last 10 years, this volume quadrupled.

In 2018 , 14 projects were supported via Efico Foundation, with improved possibilities, empowerment and prosperity for 3,818 direct beneficiaries, and indirectly generating a positive impact on the lives of over 5,572 coffee families. This was possible thanks to the partnerships with 43 organisations and companies.

2017:

At EFICO, personal relations with our suppliers are key. In 2017, we sourced 87% directly from cooperatives, unions or local exporters, boosting local development and economic growth. In 2017, 51% of our coffee sourced was verified or certified according to various sustainability standards. Over the last 10 years, this volume quadrupled from 13% to 51%.

Status 100% complete
Target date 2020
Countries targeted Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru