NKG Bloom recognized as equivalent to the Coffee Sustainability Reference Code, 2nd party assurance

28. November 2023

Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) supports a thriving, sustainable coffee sector for generations to come and works as Global Coffee Platform member towards sustainability, together with other leading organizations. Global Coffee Platform (GCP) has recognized NKG Bloom as Coffee Sustainability Reference Code equivalent, 2nd party assurance.

The Coffee SR Code is a sector-wide reference on the foundations of sustainability in economic, social and environmental dimensions for green coffee production and primary processing worldwide. In addition, the Global Coffee Platform Equivalence Mechanism defines the set of operational criteria that ensures a credible and effective system for implementation and includes governance, standard-setting, assurance, data and claims requirements.

With the recognition NKG Bloom is eligible for roasters and retailers to be included in the annual GCP Collective Reporting on Sustainable Coffee Purchases, another way companies are aligning and increasing transparency to advance coffee sustainability globally. The Equivalence Mechanism, together with the Coffee SR Code and the GCP Collective Reporting on Sustainable Coffee Purchases, are connected assets developed by GCP to offer a common language on the foundations for coffee sustainability and promote the supply and demand of coffee produced following at least baseline sustainability principles.

“We are honored with GCP’s recognition of NKG Bloom as Coffee SR Code equivalent, 2nd party and that our sustainability initiatives, NKG Verified and Bloom, are both aligned with the Coffee SR Code and the EM 2.0”, says Ruben Scholz, Group COO Neumann Kaffee Gruppe. “This recognition strengthens our goal to improve the livelihoods of 300,000 coffee farming families by 2030. NKG is proud of the work of our local teams, who are supporting smallholder farmers on the ground to reach their full potential and find a way out of poverty.“

NKG Bloom is NKG’s long-term investment in producers. From resistant varieties over training on reusing husks to unconditional mobile money loans, through NKG Bloom, NKG identifies and provides the services producers need to address their key challenges and make coffee farming an attractive business for them and their families. In 2021, NKG Bloom was already considered as equivalent under the Equivalence Mechanism 1.2 and recognized by GCP as Baseline Coffee Code Equivalent 2nd party.

In 2023, NKG Verified, the group’s program for traceable and sustainable coffee supplies to green buyers, was also recognized as GCP equivalent, 2nd party assurance. Both programs align with and contribute to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).