Voluntary commitments and memberships
Joining forces to facilitate social, ecological and economic progress
GRI-102-12; GRI 102-13
Sustainable development on a global scale requires the action of many protagonists along the value chains and beyond. We want to make a significant contribution to this. Our willingness to take responsibility is documented in ambitious voluntary commitments. We participate in initiatives that support us on the way to becoming a 100% sustainable business, and cooperate on specific projects with partners from business, politics, science and academe, and civil society.
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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
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.
Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien (Partnership 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.
Agreement to reduce the consumption of plastic carrier bags (HDE / BMU)
The associations and participating companies undertake to make the carrier-bag service they provide to customers more environmentally friendly, and to only distribute plastic carrier bags newly introduced to the market for an appropriate fee.
|Memberships and Cooperation Partners|
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Foreign Trade Association of the German Retail Trade e.V. (AVE) / amfori
AVE represents the interests of direct-import retailers in Germany and Europe in particular. amfori is the corresponding European umbrella association.
The initiative of the charitable Hertie Foundation is committed to family-friendly company personnel policies.
2010 / 2013 / 2016
Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e. V. (bevh) (German E-Commerce and Distance Selling Trade Association)
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.
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.
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.
|Clean Cargo Working Group|
The Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) is a business-to-business leadership initiative involving major brands, cargo carriers, and freight forwarders dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of global goods transportation and promoting responsible shipping. Today, CCWG tools represent the industry standard for measuring and reporting ocean carriers’ environmental performance on carbon dioxide emissions.
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.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Society for International Cooperation)
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.
Global Coffee Platform
Established in 2015, the Global Coffee unites all key protagonists with the aim of developing a sustainable coffee sector. More than 300 organisations have agreed to work together towards this goal.
In March 2016, the 4C Association merged with the Sustainable Coffee Program (SCP) to form the Global Coffee Platform (GCP). The aim of the merger is to pool the strengths of the two organisations in order to achieve a greater impact in developing a sustainable coffee sector.
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.
Member until 3/2018
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 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 been certified according to GOTS, and is thus authorised to offer GOTS-certified products in Germany.
German Retail Association (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.
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)
This initiative formed by companies across 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.
Bioeconomics Network of Germany’s Deutsche Umwelthilfe (environmental aid association)
Deutsche Umwelthilfe’s Bioeconomics Network facilitates expert discussions between politics, government, civil society and business on the latest issues in bioeconomics.
Member since 5/2018
Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA)
OCA is a multi-stakeholder organization that runs cross-sector projects to drive structural change in the organic cotton sector, both to increase demand for organic cotton and organic cotton products, and to support farmers in growing organic cotton. Measures include ensuring fair purchasing practices, improved access to high-quality organic cotton seed for farmers, and the integrity of processes at all stages of the supply chain.
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.
Social Accountability International (SAI)
SAI works to promote compliance with labour and social rights around the world. The social management and certification system developed by SAI with the internationally applicable social standard SA8000 as well as training and verification programs (Corporate Involvement Program - CIP) is designed to support companies in developing and industrialized countries in permanently implementing social standards.
Member until 9/2018
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.
Textile Exchange is a global non-profit organisation that works closely with its members to drive the industry's transformation towards more sustainable fibres, integrity, standards, and responsible supply networks.
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
Tchibo is a member of the UTZ Certified Product Advisory Council Coffee.