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]
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
The initiative of the charitable Hertie Foundation is committed to family-friendly company personnel policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tchibo is involved in working groups, for example, fire protection and building safety in Bangladesh, as well as freedom of association (unionisation).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tchibo is an active member of the Legal, Environmental, Energy and Non Food Committees.
Initiative nachhaltiger Handel (IDH):
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By selling products that correspond to the OCS 100 or OCS Blended standards, Tchibo strengthens the demand for organic cotton.
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
Tchibo is a member of the UTZ Certified Product Advisory Council Coffee.
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.
Tchibo is a founding member and a member of the council.