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SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2014

Jointly facilitating social, ecological and economic progress

Sustainable devel­opment on a global scale requires the collective action of many protag­o­nists along the supply chains and beyond. We want to make a signif­icant contri­bution here. We document our willingness to take respon­si­bility in ambitious voluntary commit­ments. We also get involved in initia­tives that support us on the path to becoming a 100% sustainable business, and collab­orate on specific projects with partners from business, politics, science and civil society. [G4-26]

Voluntary commit­ments
Logo Organ­i­sation and purposeYear of signing

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh  

The aim of the Accord is to ensure higher safety standards for employees in the country’s textile factories in cooper­ation with workers' repre­sen­ta­tives, NGOs and other stake­holders.

2012

Voluntary commitment

Member of the Advisory Board

Alliance for Sustainable Textiles

Umbrella organ­i­sa­tions of trade and industry as well as leading companies in the textile industry are working together with the German federal government and repre­sen­ta­tives of civil society to draft a joint action plan to promote the imple­men­tation of environ­mental and social standards at all stages of the textile supply chain.

2015

Voluntary commitment

Member

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

The UNGC works with businesses worldwide to create a sustainable and integrated global economy that provides all peoples, commu­nities and markets with lasting benefits. For this purpose, the UNGC has formu­lated ten universal principles on human rights, labour standards, environ­mental protection and the fight against corruption. Its aim is to anchor them in business conduct worldwide and to support the United Nations’ broader goals.

2009

Voluntary commitment

Partic­ipant

Tchibo is committed to the ten principles of the UNGC and has published Commu­ni­ca­tions on Progress since it joined. From 2012 onwards, the annual Commu­ni­cation on Progress has been carried out in accor­dance with the more demanding “GC Advanced” criteria.

 

DETOX

The environ­mental organ­i­sation Green­peace launched its DETOX campaign in 2011 to draw attention to the use of hazardous chemicals in textile production. The aim of the DETOX commitment is to prevent their use in all textile production processes by 2020.

2014

Voluntary commitment

Fur Free Retailer Program

The Fur Free Retailer Program is an inter­na­tional initiative with the aim of informing consumers about retailers’ fur policies. The programme seeks to raise awareness of ethical consumption. It lists retailers who have pledged not to include any fur products in their ranges.

2013

Voluntary commitment

Member

Tchibo has been a fur-free retailer since 2006 and by signing the Fur Free Policy has committed to not carry any fur in its product ranges in future.

Member­ships and cooper­ation partners
LogoOrgan­i­sation and purposeYear of joining / Start of the partnership

Außen­han­delsvere­inigung des Deutschen Einzel­handels e.V. (Foreign Trade Associ­ation of German Retail Trade - AVE)/ Foreign Trade Associ­ation (FTA)

The AVE repre­sents the interests of direct-import retailers in Germany and Europe in particular. The FTA is the corre­sponding European umbrella organ­i­sation.

2009

Member

berufund­familie gGmbH

The initiative of the chari­table Hertie Foundation is committed to family-friendly company personnel policies.

2010

Certified

Better Cotton Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative is a multi-stake­holder organ­i­sation where NGOs such as WWF work together with textile suppliers and cotton producers.

The Better Cotton Initiative works on a broad basis and worldwide on the trans­for­mation of cotton-farming methods from conven­tional to sustainable.

2012

Member

Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versand­handel Deutschland e.V. (German E-Commerce and Distance Selling Trade Associ­ation - bevh)

The trade associ­ation repre­sents the interests of its members (online and mail order companies) vis-à-vis legal and insti­tu­tional bodies. It also provides updates on the latest devel­op­ments and trends and promotes a mutual exchange of experience.

1971

Member

Tchibo is active in the Sustain­ability working group.

Biodi­versity in Good Company

The initiative is an alliance of companies that jointly advocate the protection of biodi­versity – in the interests of business and society.

2012

Member

 

Bündnis für Verbraucher­bildung (Alliance for Consumer Education)

The Alliance is a coalition of stake­holders from civil society, business, politics and science initiated and managed by the German Foundation for Consumer Protection (DSV). It was founded to jointly promote consumer and life skills in children, adoles­cents and adults.

2013

Member

Tchibo is a member of the Alliance’s council and supports its school projects to build consumer awareness.

Bundes­deutscher Arbeit­skreis für Umwelt­be­wusstes Management e.V. (B.A.U.M.)

The non-partisan environ­mental initiative aims to sensitise companies, insti­tu­tions, politi­cians and the public to the problems and oppor­tu­nities of environ­mental protection, and issues in sustainable devel­opment.

2008

Member

 

Carbon Perfor­mance Improvement Initiative (CPI2)

The initiative, supported by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and German Investment and Devel­opment Company (DEG), is committed to building a global environ­mental protection network of manufac­turers and brand companies. The aim is to cut several million tonnes of CO₂ emissions per year.

2011

Member

Tchibo is a founding member and active in the initiative’s advisory council.

Coffee & Climate

The devel­opment partnership founded by inter­na­tional coffee companies, a green coffee trader and The German Society for Inter­na­tional Cooper­ation (GIZ) is concerned with the adaptation of coffee culti­vation to changing climatic condi­tions. It provides local protag­o­nists with tools and knowledge to identify the risks that climate change poses to coffee culti­vation and help to commu­nicate suitable adaptation methods.

2010

Member

Tchibo is a founding member and sits on the Steering Committee.

Cotton made in Africa” (CmiA) of the Aid by Trade Foundation

The Aid by Trade Foundation works with various partners from business, government, science and civil society to contribute to the allevi­ation of poverty and environ­mental protection in devel­oping countries, especially in Africa. The Foundation’s CmiA initiative aims to promote an environ­men­tally and socially more respon­sible and econom­i­cally sustainable culti­vation of cotton in Africa – and thereby improve the living condi­tions of small­holder farmers and their families.

2007

Partner

Tchibo is a partner and council member. We support CmiA as a buyer of CmiA cotton and as a partner in educa­tional projects.

German Society for Inter­na­tional Cooper­ation (GIZ)

In addition to supporting the German federal government in achieving its sustainable devel­opment goals in inter­na­tional cooper­ation, the GIZ is also active in inter­na­tional education work.

2008

Partner

Collab­o­ration on various projects, e.g. the WE (Worldwide Enhancement of Social Quality) [supplier] quali­fi­cation programme.

Deutsche Kaffee­verband e.V. (German Coffee Associ­ation)

The Deutsche Kaffee­verband e.V. is the German coffee industry’s general lobby. It facil­i­tates networking and an exchange of ideas among German coffee industry experts.

1951

Member

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe.

2010

Member

Tchibo is involved in working groups, for example, fire protection and building safety in Bangladesh, as well as freedom of associ­ation (union­i­sation).

Fairtrade

Fairtrade standards ensure the payment of minimum prices and empower coffee farmers to sustainably improve their living and working condi­tions. The independent Fairtrade label gives consumers the assurance that the labelled products meet inter­na­tional standards for fair trade.

2008

Licence holder

Tchibo is a member of the Fairtrade Product Advisory Council on Coffee.

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)

The non-profit organ­i­sation issues an accredited label for wood and paper products sourced from respon­sible forestry. Independent insti­tutes check every company along the supply chain for compliance with the strict FSC® standards.

2010

Member

Tchibo is a member both of FSC® Germany and FSC® Inter­na­tional.

By selling FSC®-certified products, Tchibo strengthens the demand for wood and paper from forests respon­sibly managed according to strict guide­lines.

Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN)

Launched by the conser­vation organ­i­sation World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) the network is committed to preserving forests as important habitats and for storing the green­house gas CO₂.

2011

Member

 

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

The Global Organic Textile Standard ensures the sustainable manufacture of textiles, ranging from the extraction of organ­i­cally grown natural resources to environ­men­tally and socially respon­sible manufac­turing and trans­parent labelling.

2014

Certified

Tchibo has obtained GOTS certi­fi­cation across the entire supply chain. This means Tchibo can sell GOTS-certified products in Germany.

Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE e.V.)

The HDE is the umbrella organ­i­sation that repre­sents the concerns and interests of the entire German retail sector in all locations and for all sizes of company.

1974

Member

Tchibo is an active member of the Legal, Environ­mental, Energy and Non Food Committees.

Initiative nachhaltiger Handel (IDH):
Sustainable Coffee Program

The Sustainable Coffee Program (SCP) was born of the Dutch government’s IHD trading initiative. Several regional and inter­na­tional coffee roasters have joined forces in this programme to address struc­tural challenges together. The main objective is to increase the yields and export volumes of sustainably produced coffee.

2012

Member

Tchibo is a founding member and a member of the Steering Committee.

Institut für Markt-Umwelt-Gesellschaft (imug)

Imug is a spin-off from the University of Hannover, which specialises in sustain­ability and consumer interest studies and company ratings.

2007

Partner

Imug reviews selected Tchibo offers for consumer protection aspects prior to their intro­duction, e.g. its green energy offer.

Indus­triALL Global Union

The Indus­triALL Global Union is an inter­na­tional umbrella union that repre­sents 50 million workers, including those from the garment industry. The focus of the ACT (Action, Collab­o­ration, Trans­for­mation) initiative is on ensuring living wages and the right to form trade unions and conduct collective bargaining.

2014

Partner

We are currently working with the umbrella inter­na­tional textile trade union Indus­triALL Global Union and European textile traders to develop a process to jointly assert improve­ments for workers in the garment industry worldwide. These include living wages and the right to form trade unions and conduct collective bargaining.

Inter­na­tional Coffee Partners (ICP)

The industry initiative aims to lastingly improve the living condi­tions of small­holder farmers based on sustainable farming practices according to the principle of “helping people help themselves”.

2001

Member

Tchibo is a founding member and a member of the Steering Committee.

Initiative Pro Recycling­papier (IPR)

The initiative of companies in various sectors aims to further promote accep­tance of the use of recycled paper with the Blue Angel label, and to lead by example.

2008

Member

Institute for Scien­tific Infor­mation on Coffee (ISIC)

The ISIC is a non-profit organ­i­sation founded in 1990 with the aim of scien­tif­i­cally researching the topic of coffee enjoyment and health and dissem­i­nating its findings.

1998

Member

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is an inter­na­tionally recog­nised, independent environ­mental organ­i­sation that campaigns for the protection of sensitive ecosystems and promotes sustainable land management. The Rainforest Alliance seal stands for ecolog­i­cally sound agriculture and socially respon­sible corporate behaviour, for example, the conser­vation of resources and the creation of educa­tional oppor­tu­nities for coffee farmers.

2006

Licence holder

Short­Sea­Shipping Inland Waterway Promotion Center (SPC)

The Short­Sea­Shipping Inland Waterway Promotion Center (SPC) is a public-private partnership (PPP) between the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infras­tructure, numerous German federal state ministries, and shipping companies. The SPC advises logistics companies and provides educa­tional and infor­mation campaigns about the benefits of an inter­modal network between modes of transport.

2015

Member

Social Account­ability Inter­na­tional (SAI)

Social Account­ability Inter­na­tional (SAI) works to promote labour rights and social standards all over the world. The Social Management and Certi­fi­cation System developed by SAI, with its inter­na­tionally appli­cable social standard SA8000 and its Training and Verifi­cation Programme (Corporate Involvement Programme - CIP), is designed to help companies in devel­oping and indus­tri­alised countries implement social standards on a long-lasting basis.

2006

Member of the Advisory Council

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) platform is a food industry initiative with about 40 member companies. It aims to promote the worldwide devel­opment of – and dialogue about – sustainable agriculture.

2005

Member

Textile Exchange

The non-profit organ­i­sation Textile Exchange promotes the global culti­vation of organic cotton and demand for it worldwide. To do this, among other things, it publishes the OCS 100 and OCS Blended standards, which are used to verify the share of organic cotton in textiles.

2008

Member

By selling products that corre­spond to the OCS 100 or OCS Blended standards, Tchibo strengthens the demand for organic cotton.

UTZ Certified

UTZ Certified is a programme and label for the sustainable culti­vation of coffee, cocoa and tea. UTZ Certified trains coffee farmers in business admin­is­tration, socially acceptable working condi­tions, and environ­mental management. For example, it provides instruction in better farming methods to help them work more success­fully while also protecting the environment

2011

Licence holder

Tchibo is a member of the UTZ Certified Product Advisory Council Coffee.

4C Associ­ation

In the 4C Associ­ation producers, traders, roasters and civil society around the world work together towards one goal – improved sustain­ability throughout the coffee sector. The 4C baseline standard helps coffee farmers become organised and builds their awareness of sustainable coffee farming.

2004

Member

Tchibo is a founding member and a member of the council.

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