Awarding Sustainable Coffee Producers

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is a non-profit, global membership-based organization that represents thousands of coffee professionals, from farmers to roasters or baristas.

The SCA Sustainability Awards celebrate innovative individuals, projects and businesses supporting sustainability in the coffee industry through collaborative partnerships that pursue equity, prioritise mutual benefits and result in positive impact throughout the coffee chain.

Since 2004, the SCA has recognised outstanding work in the field of sustainability with its annual Sustainability Awards.

The projects, business models, and people receiving these awards are not only dedicated to confronting the enormous challenges facing the specialty coffee industry - from climate change to gender inequality - but also to collaborating across geographies, cultures, and value chain roles, and to sharing the lessons they have learned for the benefit of the entire coffee sector.

There are three competition categories:

Business Model

This award recognises the role that for-profit companies play in the sustainability of the coffee sector. In addition to recognising the individuals involved in creating the business, the award also aims to inspire others to build sustainable business models.

*This award is for businesses that have been operating for at least three years. Products, projects and ideas do not qualify for this award.

Project

This award celebrates innovative projects that advance the coffee sector's pursuit of sustainability. In addition to recognising the work of the individuals, businesses and organisations involved in the project, the award also aims to inspire other sector actors to take action in their own contexts.

*Please note that this award is only for projects that have been implemented for at least three years. Products, companies, business models and ideas do not qualify for this award.

Individual

This award celebrates individuals who have significantly contributed to advancing sustainability in the coffee industry, for example, by raising awareness of key issues or developing a project or business model that generates positive social and environmental impacts. In addition to recognising the achievements of the winner, the award also aims to inspire others to initiate similar endeavours.

*Please note that individuals must have spent at least three years working in coffee to be eligible for this award. Products, companies, business models and ideas do not qualify for this award.