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From Beans to Brew: a new documentary tells stories of coffee farmers in Brazil, Uganda and Vietnam

“Thousands of workers worldwide encounter occupational accidents and diseases daily in many sectors. Coffee is no exception. This documentary takes place against the backdrop of major global developments, including the ILO's recognition of the right to safe and healthy working environments as a fundamental principle and right at work and the new ILO global strategy on occupational safety and health." Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Chief, Occupational Safety and Health and the Working Environment Branch (OSHE), International Labour Organization (ILO)

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MILAN – A direct look at the origins of coffee, at the conditions in which the growers of this raw material live: in this way a bridge of communication is created between the many actors in the chain. For this reason the International Labour Organization Vision Zero Fund has produced a documentary entitled “From Beans to Brew: A journey into the lives of coffee workers”.

From Beans to Brew: the trailer

Through interviews with coffee growers from Brazil, Uganda, and Vietnam, and insights from the ILO, the International Coffee Organization (ICO), and the European Commission (EC), the documentary explores the complexities of the coffee industry, the challenges to achieving decent work, and how the international community can help address these issues.

A farmer (photo granted)

The documentary was produced as part of the ILO Vision Zero Fund’s #CoffeePeople campaign, co-funded by the European Union. Launched in October 2023, this impactful campaign has reached over 25 million people in more than 50 countries, with coffee stakeholders pledging to improve safety and health for workers in the coffee supply chain.

In June, the documentary will be screened as follows:

BRUSSELS

June 25, 9 :30 – 11 :30

UN House, 37 Boulevard du Régent, 1000 Brussels

COPENHAGEN (World of Coffee)

June 28th, 14:00 – 15:30

Room 5, World of Coffee, Copenhagen, Denmark

The rationale for producing the documentary From Beans to Brew, and its call to action:

A woman in the farm (photo granted)

“Thousands of workers worldwide encounter occupational accidents and diseases daily in many sectors. Coffee is no exception. This documentary takes place against the backdrop of major global developments, including the ILO’s recognition of the right to safe and healthy working environments as a fundamental principle and right at work and the new ILO global strategy on occupational safety and health.

It emphasizes the need for all coffee stakeholders—including governments, employers, and workers’ organizations—to engage in collective action and social dialogue for safer and healthier work in the coffee supply chain.”, Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Chief, Occupational Safety and Health and the Working Environment Branch (OSHE), International Labour Organization (ILO).

“Protecting fundamental principles and rights at work is a priority for the European Union. This documentary serves as an excellent tool for promoting decent work and for highlighting the crucial importance of integrating occupational safety and health into responsible coffee production.” Monica Alfaro Murcia, Legal and International Relations Officer, European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL).

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