Neumann Kaffee Gruppe

is committed to a growing sustainable coffee industry

Neumann Kaffee Gruppe

is committed to a growing sustainable coffee industry

RESPONSIBILITY
AND SUSTAINABILITY
ARE CORE BUSINESS
COMPETENCES

RESPONSIBILITY
AND SUSTAINABILITY
ARE CORE BUSINESS
COMPETENCES

Neumann Kaffee Gruppe is committed to a growing sustainable coffee industry and good corporate citizenship. The consideration of social, environmental and economic needs is an integral part of our business model and contributes to our long-term success.

NKG Responsible Business Program

The NKG Responsible Business Program sets out four objectives that define responsible and sustainable business at NKG. We commit to make significant progress towards our four objectives in the coming 5-10 years through nine strategic goals with specific targets.

In line with the importance of these subjects, the concepts and work are fully supported by our shareholder, Board of Management, and the operative management of NKG worldwide who are fully committed to enabling the process. While the program is led and coordinated by the holding company Neumann Gruppe GmbH, the strategic goals are implemented in close collaboration with the group’s operative companies and adapted to their organizational set-up.

The strategy is based on and embedded in our general work in the fields of corporate responsibility, sustainability and business ethics and centralizes a multitude of NKG efforts. Beyond the strategic goals and commitments, NG and its subsidiaries engage in efforts that contribute towards responsible business, including renewing the partnership with HRNS and certified supply chains.

The NKG Responsible Business Program sets out four objectives that define responsible and sustainable business at NKG. We commit to make significant progress towards our four objectives in the coming 5-10 years through nine strategic goals with specific targets.

In line with the importance of these subjects, the concepts and work are fully supported by our shareholder, Board of Management, and the operative management of NKG worldwide who are fully committed to enabling the process. While the program is led and coordinated by the holding company Neumann Gruppe GmbH, the strategic goals are implemented in close collaboration with the group’s operative companies and adapted to their organizational set-up.

The strategy is based on and embedded in our general work in the fields of corporate responsibility, sustainability and business ethics and centralizes a multitude of NKG efforts. Beyond the strategic goals and commitments, NG and its subsidiaries engage in efforts that contribute towards responsible business, including renewing the partnership with HRNS and certified supply chains.

Our Four Key Objectives

Promoting responsible conduct within NKG

Our Goals

1. Support a learning culture
2. Increase diversity within the workforce
3. Enhance health & safety in the workplace

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Growing impact in our supply chains

Our Goals

4. Leverage technology to create sustainable supply chains
5. Collaborate with business partners to improve transparency and ethical conduct

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Improving farmer livelihoods

Our Goals

6. Enable smallholder farmers to maximize their incomes
7. Collaborate with the coffee industry to improve farmer livelihoods

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Improving our environmental footprint

Our Goals

8. Identify and reduce our environmental footprint
9. Innovate to use resources in our operations more efficently

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Our Goals

  1. Support a learning culture
  2. Increase diversity within the workforce
  3. Enhance health & safety in the workplace

Promoting responsible conduct within NKG

Our employees are the most important asset for the success of Neumann Kaffee Gruppe. Their knowledge and experience make it possible for us to be the world’s leading coffee service group.

For us, promoting responsible business conduct at Neumann Kaffee Gruppe means empowering our employees. We want to further strengthen an environment that promotes our employees’ personal and professional development, enables them to make decisions in accordance with our values and norms, and represents an working environment living up to high standards of health and safety.

In the coming years, we will focus on supporting a learning culture by offering a comprehensive training catalogue to all employees worldwide. All employees are provi ded with a learning time quota as part of their working hours, which they can use to further their development (GOAL 1).

We will increase diversity within our workforce. Here, we will take the national context and specific challenges of each of our subsidiaries into account (GOAL 2)

Health and safety play an important role in all our operations. In the years to come we aim at unifying and strengthening our health and safety measures (GOAL 3).

Our Goals

  1. Leverage technology to create sustainable supply chains
  2. Collaborate with business partners to improve transparency and ethical conduct

Growing impact in our supply chains

NKG is actively working on creating transparency and sustainability in our coffee supply chains. In the course of 2021, we will roll out our new program NKG Verified (GOAL 4). NKG Verified includes traceability and compliance with critical criteria, such as worst forms of child labor, forced labor and deforestation. NKG Verified includes Supply Chain level traceability. Within the Verified supply chains compliance with social, economic and environmental criteria will be assessed through internal and third party audits. Improvement plans for all actors within NKG Verified supply chains will serve as an important tool to improve sustainability performance in the long-term.

While NKG Verified offers full traceability for specific supply chains, we aim at working with all our key suppliers worldwide on improving ethical standards. We believe that a collaborative approach is central to helping our suppliers in challenging markets continuously improve social and environmental standards over the long term. We will rely on dialogue, site visits and mutually agreed improvement targets to collaboratively improve transparency and ethical conduct (GOAL 5).

Our Goals

    1. Enable smallholder farmers to maximize their incomes
    1. Collaborate with the coffee industry to improve farmer livelihoods

Improving farmer livelihoods

NKG BLOOM is an initiative to ensure the long-term viability of green coffee supplies by providing smallholder farmers with the opportunities and resources they need to run their farms at full potential and enter a pathway out of poverty (GOAL 6).
NKG BLOOM is not a project or a program, but a sustainable sourcing strategy that works through the creation of permanent Farmer Services Units (FSUs) within our export companies in Asia, Africa and Latin America. These FSUs are fully dedicated to providing key services to smallholder farmers and farmer groups, such as financing, access to inputs and training, so that they can maximize their incomes. NKG has committed to set up, by 2030, FSUs in 10 countries and to reach with these transformative services 300,000 coffee-producing families.
Financing is often the core bottleneck faced by farmers. In a years-long effort NKG worked with five organizations—USAID, IDH: The Sustainable Trade Initiative, and European banks ABN-AMRO, BNP Paribas and Rabobank—to create an innovative risk-sharing solution that minimizes the risk of lending to some of the world’s poorest farmers. This 25 million revolving-credit facility creates a way for smallholder farmers and farmer groups to quickly and easily borrow needed funds.
In order to successfully master the major challenges in the coffee industry, many initiatives and, above all, joint solutions from many players are needed. In addition to our BLOOM strategy, we are therefore already part of initiatives such as the Sustainable Coffee Challenge (SCC) or the ICO Public Private Task- Force (CPPTF). We are convinced that industry-wide approaches are a key building block for improving the living conditions of smallholder farmers, which is why we will specifically expand this commitment in the coming years (GOAL 7).

Our Goals

  1. Identify and reduce our environmental footprint
  2. Innovate to use resources in our operations more efficently

Improving our environmental footprint

Coffee is an agricultural product and as such is particularly vulnerable to changing climatic conditions and weather patterns. Our main concerns are the protection and conservation of the environment, and the reduction of negative climate change impacts. NKG strives to improve its environmental performance, promoting environmental solutions in its operations.

By 2022, we will analyze our group-wide environmental footprint. The focus will be on CO2 emissions and water consumption. In 2022, we will define specific reduction targets we want to reach until 2030 (GOAL 8). New technical solutions and innovations will play an important role in using resources in our operations more efficiently (GOAL 9).

Where possible, we build strategic partnerships and actively promote environmental solutions in the coffee supply chain. To enable smallholder coffee farmers to effectively respond to changing climatic conditions, NKG joined forces within the industry to establish the pre-competitive initiative Coffee & Climate (c&c) in 2010. Via c&c, we foster climate change mitigation and adaption practices in key producing areas worldwide.

The consideration of social, environmental and economic needs is an integral part of our business model and contributes to our long-term success.

The consideration of social, environmental and economic needs is an integral part of our business model and contributes to our long-term success.

Further Material for download & Links

NKG Code of Conduct

Please find here our NKG Code of Conduct, which describes our values and guidelines for acting with integrity:

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Visit NKG BLOOM

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NKG BLOOM

Contact us

Program Manager: Dr. Sarah Tischer

responsiblebusiness@nkg.coffee

Tel.: +49 (0) 40 – 36123-0
Fax: +49 (0) 40 – 36123-400

Neumann Gruppe GmbH
Coffee Plaza
Am Sandtorpark 4
20457 Hamburg
Germany