Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee is one of North America’s leading coffee and tea companies, providing private label solutions, as well as manufacturing its own brands. State-of-the-art technology and more than 100 years of experience have combined to help make the company a leading innovator with the recyclable EcoCup® single-serve capsule that makes it easy for consumers to divert plastic from landfill. Mother Parkers is also the founder of Water Wise Coffee®, a program dedicated to improving lives in coffee-growing communities.

Statement of support

“For decades, Mother Parkers has worked with our partners in coffee-growing regions around the world to support sustainable and safe coffee farming communities. We’re proud to join the Sustainable Coffee Challenge to learn from others, to share our experiences and to encourage all parties in the coffee supply chain to take the necessary steps to protect the future of the coffee industry and make it the first fully sustainable agricultural product.”

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Action Networks
Partner Since November 2017

Our Commitments

In partnership with CARE Canada we will launch a 5 year project to support the sustainability of the coffee sector in the region of the dry corridor of Honduras, through activities with a focus on water quality, harvesting and retention. The project will reach over 2000 Farmers through one or more of the following initiatives: 1) Vetiver wetlands and pulp segregation activities to reduce the impact of wet milling effluent on rivers 2) Harvesting water via catchment systems and 3) Training in climate smart water practices.

In partnership with: CARE Canada, Government of Canada

Update

February 24, 2021

As of June 2020, we have reached 80% of our target for implementation of Vetiver grass plots that help clean the wastewater from coffee production, and the onboarding of farmers to the Water Wise Program in Honduras. Our success in training local coffee farmers has been a highlight of the program, far exceeding our goal of training 2,000 farmers in climate-smart water practices. By June, 3,396 men and women had received the information and training needed to make coffee farming decisions that are better for the climate. Our project to implement water catchments systems at the farm level for the wet mill process is proceeding more slowly, with 4% of our target achieved as of June, but we expect this to ramp up in 2021.

June 12, 2020

The Mother Parkers Water Wise Coffee® project, in partnership with CARE Canada, is currently in its third year of work in the Lempa region of Honduras. To date, we have supported 40 smallholder farms with Vetiver grass planting that reduces waste and water contamination and improves downstream water for communities. We have implemented water catchment systems for 30 smallholder farms to give access to water for farming, irrigation and processing, thereby improving coffee yields and processing techniques. We have reached our target of 2000 small-scale producers being trained in climate smart water practices to empower farmers in managing water for sustainable farming. In addition, we continue to focus on supporting women in climate resilient coffee agrosystems.

Status 80% complete
Target date 2022
Countries targeted Honduras