Thursday 29 September 2022

Neumann Kaffee Gruppe enhances sustainability performance within its supply chains with NKG Verified

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HAMBURG, Germany – Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) expands its range of traceable coffees that meet key sustainability criteria. The number of companies implementing the group’s supply chain program NKG Verified continues to grow. NKG Verified offers customers traceable coffees produced on farms meeting economic, social and environmental indicators. NKG Verified improves transparency along the supply chain for green coffee buyers by providing insights into the performance of the farms producing their coffees and offering sustainability assurance through internal and third-party audits from farm to export level. NKG Verified aligns with industry standards and integrates easily into customers’ sustainability plans.

The program is open to specific customer requirements. With every shipment of NKG Verified coffees, customers receive an easy-to-read sustainability report detailing each indicator and how it scored, as well as the coffee’s overall sustainability score.

NKG Verified was first launched in Brazil in 2021, when group company NKG Stockler implemented the program. NKG’s companies Exportadora de Café California, Mexico, NKG India Coffee and Neumann Gruppe Vietnam followed. For 2022, launches in Colombia, Uganda, Kenya, Indonesia and additional supply chains from Brazil are planned; more countries will follow in 2023.

Finding solutions that both the customer and producers benefit from is a key intention for Neumann Kaffee Gruppe. NKG Verified is establishing a bridge between coffee growers and coffee buyers. Osmar Moraes, Sustainability Manager at NKG Stockler: “NKG Verified fills the gap between sustainability certifications brought upon producers from the outside and the actual needs and short comings locally. It provides a solid basis for us to offer coffee produced under sustainable conditions and in accordance with local laws.

NKG Verified aligns with and contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that support economic growth through decent working conditions and responsible production. In 2022, NKG aims to participate in the equivalence mechanism of the Global Coffee Platform to be recognized as equivalent to the Coffee Sustainability Reference Code, to ensure stakeholders that NKG Verified meets the baseline sustainability practices of the coffee sector.

NKG is committed to being a company of integrity and responsibility, which includes growing a more sustainable coffee industry.

As part of NKG’s active commitment, the Hamburg-based company created two initiatives to serve the needs of coffee growers and coffee buyers around the world; NKG Verified with focus on meeting sustainability standards and NKG Bloom, with the aim of improving farmer livelihoods.

Both initiatives contribute to NKG’s Responsible Business Program, which sets the strategic framework for our value-oriented corporate culture. In order to continue to fulfill the responsibility, the NKG Responsible Business Program sets specific goals that define responsible and sustainable business practices at NKG.

Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) is a globally operating green coffee service group, focusing on coffee only. In more than 50 companies in 26 countries, more than 2,600 highly skilled employees are active in the sectors Export & Milling, Import, Farming, Agents & Representative Offices, and Services.

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