Time to wake up: Why a holistic approach is needed to tackle sustainability challenges in the coffee sector

Content: This paper provides an overview of the pressing human rights and sustainability challenges in the coffee sector.

Year: January 2020

Language: EN

Keywords: Coffee, Environmental Challenges, Bean Belt, Climate Change, Human Rights Challenges, human rights due diligence, Risk Analysis, Multistakeholder Iniviatives, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), Transparency.


This paper gives an overview of key environmental and human rights issues in the coffee sector. It aims to provide information on current trends as well as to develop concrete ideas about how to transform the coffee sector into a more sustainable model. Finally, an interview with Paula Mejía from Neumann Kaffee Gruppe further affirms the first part of the paper and provides practical insights to build more sustainable supply chains.

Authors: Lisa Szeponik, Laura Much