SANTA ANA (California) – The Sustainability Awards were created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable projects in the coffee sector. Each year, the SCA Sustainability Council reviews dozens of applications from around the globe. The deadline to submit an application is January 7, 2022.
There are three categories in the 2022 Sustainability Awards: Business Model, Individual, and Project.
Nominations for each category below can be submitted at sca.coffee/sustainabilityawards.
Sustainability Award: Individual
This award recognizes an individual leader who has significantly contributed to advancing sustainability in the coffee industry.
This could be through raising awareness of key issues or developing a project or business model that generates positive social and environmental impacts.
Please note that individuals must have spent at least three years working in coffee to be eligible for this award and that products, companies, business models, and ideas do not qualify for the award.
Sustainability Award: Project
This award celebrates innovative projects to expand and promote sustainability within the coffee world. This annual award is open to SCA members who are involved in the coffee industry.
Applications must be submitted on behalf of a project implemented for a minimum of three years. Individuals, organizations, businesses, farms and cooperatives may submit applications for multiple projects or programs.
Sustainability Award: Business Model
In addition to recognizing the hard work of the individuals, businesses and organizations who created and implemented the business model, the award aims to inspire others to initiate similar endeavors.
This annual award is open to SCA members who are involved in the coffee industry. Applications must be submitted by, or on behalf of, a business model implemented for a minimum of three years.
Individuals, organizations, businesses, farms, and cooperatives may submit applications for multiple business models.
The deadline to submit an application is January 7, 2022. Finalists will be announced by January 24, 2022.
The Sustainability Committee of the SCA Sustainability Center will review all applications and consider a wide range of applicants, reflecting the depth and breadth of sustainable work being done in all areas across the specialty coffee industry.
If you have any questions on how to complete your application, send an email at