Meeting Members: Over a cup of coffee with Falcon Coffees

GCP speaks to Kate Monteiro, Sustainability Director at Falcon Coffees and learns more about the way coffee can be traded for good by shifting industrial values from profiteering to nurturing.

Head quartered in the UK and with offices in Germany, North America, Southeast Asia, Peru and Ethiopia, Falcon Coffees sources from 26 countries on behalf of over 1,000 coffee roasters worldwide and collaborates with 550,000 smallholder farmers globally, building and fostering supply chains for mutual profit and positive outcomes.

Falcon’s work is compelled by the idea that participating in and preserving coffee supply chains has the potential to drive enormous socio-economic change, while harnessing environmental stewardship across the geo-political landscape of coffee growing regions that is home to the vulnerable communities and fragile ecosystems on which the coffee industry relies.

The company states their purpose is to change the way coffee is traded for good, by shifting industrial values from profiteering to nurturing and believes deeply in the preservation of coffee growing communities and taking responsibility for the relating impact. To ensure these principles are enacted, Falcon developed a guiding, ethical framework called the Blueprint Project. As of 2022 this work extends to 25 different initiatives ranging across our countries of sourcing activity and includes things like water conservation projects to farmer training programs and the promotion of gender equity within coffee supply chains.

Among the company’s commitments is the goal to become carbon negative by 2025 and to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The company is working in partnership with the University of Brighton on The Knowledge Transfer Project, an initiative that will conduct pioneering research over a two-year period into measuring the carbon life cycle of a coffee tree, in order to fully account for the carbon emissions of the supply chain at every stage, including at farm level. Falcon hopes that this will lead ultimately to the execution of effective mitigation processes for their business and the wider coffee industry.

“While Falcon has been deeply committed to sustainability for over a decade, I feel a heightened sense of urgency toward environmental sustainability, particularly as it relates to carbon emissions. Being a part of GCP has provided us additional visibility to the ways GCP and others are tackling these and other issues and has opened the opportunity for additional collaboration. Collaboration is going to be critical for swift future progress against our warming world.

– Kate Monteiro, Sustainability Director, Falcon Coffees