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Ogawa Coffee SDGs Declaration

What can we do with a single cup of coffee?

Here at Ogawa Coffee we recognize the importance of sustainability 
and protecting the environment for the future of coffee.  
In addition, we are actively supporting the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals: Sustainable Development Goals), 
as part of our mission to "continue to provide delicious coffee to our customers".  
We will continue to ask "What can we do with a single cup of coffee?”

  • FAIRTRADE

    Coffee Production and the Fairtrade System

    Fairtrade International Standards

    • Economic Criteria

      Fairtrade Minimum Price

      Fairtrade Premium

      Long-term Trading

      Pre-Financing

    • Social Criteria

      Democratic Self-Organization

      The Workforce, Safeguards 
      for Worker Safety and Health

      Prohibiting Discrimination 
      Based on Ethnic Origin

      Prohibiting Child 
      Labor and Forced Labor

    • Environmental Criteria

      Restrictions on the use of 
      pesticides and chemicals

      Soil and Water Preservation

      Control of Waste 
      and Encourage of Recycling

      Prohibiting the use of GMOs

    Most coffee grown today is produced in developing countries, with coffee prices being determined by international markets. For producers to succeed in this system the ability to access UpToDate market information is key and has tremendous socio-economic consequences. Producers who are unable to access this information lack the means to negotiate with traders, often resulting in producers being forced to sell their coffees at prices below the production cost. Preventing them from attaining the necessary profits they need to purchase the essentials.

    The Fairtrade system was created to fix this economic imbalance. The system allows consumers to buy products at prices that equate to a living wage for the producers, rather than at market price. In 2003, Ogawa Coffee acquired the manufacturing license for Fairtrade International certified products and in 2004, Ogawa Coffee began the sale of Fairtrade International certified coffees.

    As the World Fairtrade Day falls on the 2nd Saturday of May every year, Ogawa Coffee designates the entire month of May as “Fairtrade Month”. During this month, we create new and unique menu items for our cafés and promote awareness of Fairtrade certified products including coffees. By taking part in the Fairtrade system Ogawa Coffee actively protects the lives of our coffee-making partners, through the improvement of both production and living environment conditions. As such Ogawa will continue to support the Fairtrade programs efforts.

    NOTES

    If you would like to know more about Fairtrade, 
    please click here

    Fairtrade Label Japan Official Website

    • 1 貧困をなくそう
    • 2 飢餓をゼロに
    • 5 ジェンダー平等を実現しよう
    • 8 働きがいも経済成長も
    • 12 つくる責任つかう責任
    • 13 気候変動に具体的な対策を
    • 16 平和と公正をすべての人に
    • 17 パートナーシップで目標を達成しよう
  • BIRDFRIENDLY®

    Protecting the Natural Habitat of Migratory Birds

    In the late 1990s, experts confirmed that the number of migratory birds crossing between North and South America was steadily decreasing. To better understand the reason for this phenomenon, the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest academic research institution, established the "Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC)". Over the course of their research, the facility discovered that coffee plantations play a vital role in the migratory habits of migratory birds.

    Coffee cultivation has traditionally been done in a manner that protects the canopy and biodiversity of the surrounding forests. The term “Shade grown” has been coined to describe coffee that is produced in this manner. Migrating birds use this intact canopy as a resting place and to feed on the insects that reside there. With advent of mechanical coffee harvesting, farms have found it necessary to clear the surrounding vegetation to make room for this more cost effective still of coffee growing. The resulting loss of habitat has directly impacted the number of migratory birds making the journey every year. To combat this loss of habitat, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, in 1999, created the BIRD FRIENDLY® certification. The Bird Friendly® certification program uses funds gained from the sale of coffee beans from certified farms at premium prices to fund and support activities that protects migratory birds through helping growers preserve the natural habitat.

    Ogawa Coffee started selling "Bird Friendly® Certified Coffee" for the first time in Japan in 2005. We found that the coffee beans that are grown at "Bird Friendly® Certified farms are not only more sustainability produced, but also are of a higher quality. As coffees grown under the natural canopy of trees, protects the coffee form strong winds and direct sunlight, allowing the coffee cherries to mature slowly giving the coffee beans a sweeter flavor. One of the greatest realities of the coffee industry is that the protection of biodiversity in coffee producing countries is not only more environmentally sustainable and better for the earth but equates to better tasting coffees for consumers. Which is why, we here at Ogawa coffee will continue to purchase Bird Friendly® Certified Coffee.

    NOTES

    If you would like to know more about BIRD FRIENDLY®, 
    Please click here

    BIRD FRIENDLY® Official Website

    • 12 つくる責任つかう責任
    • 13 気候変動に具体的な対策を
    • 15 陸の豊かさも守ろう
  • ORGANIC JAS

    Promotion of Eco-friendly 
    Organic Agricultural Practices

    Organic coffee is cultivated harnessing the power of nature, without relying on chemically synthesized pesticides, fertilizers, or genetic recombination. Using organic growing practices reduces the toll on the environment and eliminates the negative health effects to the producers resulting from chemical use. Organic cultivation creates a healthy alternative for both consumers and producers alike.

    Every year, organic certified farms and manufacturing plants are inspected by registered certification bodies to ensure that all facilities are up to code and properly producing according to the rules . Only food items that meet this strict criterion and are produced in certified facilities can be classified as Organic JAS and can display the "Organic JAS mark".

    Ogawa Coffee acquired Organic JAS certification at our Kyoto Factory in 2001 and we have since added Organic JAS certified coffees to our product line. As part of our mission to continuously deliver delicious coffee to our customers, we will continue to support programs that promote sustainable coffee production.

    NOTES

    If you would like to know more about ORGANIC JAS Certification, 
    Please click here

    ORGANIC JAS Official Website

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    • 3 すべての人に健康と福祉を
    • 6 安全な水とトイレを世界中に
    • 12 つくる責任つかう責任
    • 13 気候変動に具体的な対策を
    • 15 陸の豊かさも守ろう
  • ORANG UTAN 
    COFFEE

    Saving the Orangutangs through Coffee

    Located in Southeast Asia, the country of Indonesia, is home to the one of the world’s largest lowland rainforests and richest biodiversity. Forest fires and illegal logging, however, continue to threaten the natural abundance of biodiversity that calls this rainforest home. Of the many unique species that reside in this lowland rainforest, none are quite as famous or at risk as the Sumatran and Tapanuli orangutans. The illigal logging and forest fires have decreased their natural habitat so much, that both species have been designated as endangered species.

    Several non-profit organizations, including "Pan Eco", established a wide variety of conservation activities known as the SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program) to save the orangutans and bring them back from the edge of extinction. The protection of these majestic creatures that inhabit the rainforests, also leads to the preservation of the rich biodiversity in Indonesia. Such endeavor called the attention of coffee professionals from around the world to band together and create “The Orang Utan Coffee Project.”

    The Orang Utan Coffee Project goal is to protect the natural environment in which the orangutans live and enrich the lives of local coffee growers through the production of high-quality coffee. Funds earned through the sale of green coffee is donated directly back into the to the conservation activities of SOPC.

    Most of the coffee cultivated and sold as part of this program is sourced from the Gayo Highlands of the Aceh Province on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia This region is also well known for the production of coffees branded as Gayo Mountains and Mandheling.

    The Orang Utan Coffee Project, as a part of its devotion to the cultivation of high-quality coffee, has additionally opened the “Orang Utan Coffee Lab”. This lab is equipped with the necessary extraction tools and equipment to verify the quality of the coffee being produced at every step of the way.

    Ogawa Coffee started selling Orang Utan Coffee for the first time in Asia in 2017, under the name “Indonesian Sumatra Orangutan Coffee”. As part of our promotional campaign for this coffee, we asked ourselves “what can you do with a cup of coffee?” By extending this question to our customers, we hoped to raise awareness about the impact that single cup of coffee can have. One small cup of coffee can make a difference for the orangutans, coffee growers, coffee lovers, and above all, the planet. Programs such as the Orang Utan Coffee is only possible through the hard work of both the producers and the consumers, so we would like to thank everyone who helps to make this possible.

    NOTES

    If you would like to know more about Orang Utan coffee, 
    Please click here

    ORANG UTAN Official Website

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    • 2 飢餓をゼロに
    • 3 すべての人に健康と福祉を
    • 10 人や国の不平等をなくそう
    • 12 つくる責任つかう責任
    • 13 気候変動に具体的な対策を
    • 15 陸の豊かさも守ろう
  • ONE OF LOVE 
    PROJECT

    The "One of Love Project" aims to improve the educational environment of children in developing countries through music and roses, while improving the employment situations of working mothers. The project began when percussionist Nobu Saito and Mari Natsuki set out on a journey to "deliver music to children in developing countries."

    On their trip to Ethiopia and Bangladesh, Nobu Saito and Mari Natsuki met many impoverished children who did not cease to smile despite their situation. Inspired by these children, Nobu Saito and Mari Natsuki wanted to use their status in Japan to help these children grow to become healthy adults. They started the "One of Love Project" in 2009. Every year the organization donates proceeds from a charity concert held on June 21st (World Music Day) and the proceeds from the sale of the original rose “Mari Rouge” to aid developing countries. The funds raised through the “One of Love Project” set up a computer training program at a rose farm in Ethiopia and purchased and distributed school uniforms and textbooks to children.

    Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and is still recognized as one of the world's leading coffee producing regions. As such Ethiopia holds a very dear place in Ogawa Coffee’s heart, inspiring us to support the" One of Love Project" efforts in Ethiopia in our own way. At select Ogawa Coffee Cafes on "Mari Rouge Day", the 21st of every month, customers who order our limited-edition coffee, are served their coffee in a one-of-a-kind and hand painted cup known as “Kyo-ware (Kyoto made Ceramic)” adorned with a painting of a crimson "Mari Rouge" rose. In addition, the first ten customers who order this coffee are presented with a "Mari Rouge" flower to raise awareness of this project. Each cup of coffee we serve has the potential to change the industry and lives, and it is with this passion we strive to keep producing quality coffee.

    NOTES

    If you would like to know more about "One of Love Project", 
    Please click here

    One of Love Project official website

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    • 3 すべての人に健康と福祉を
    • 4 質の高い教育をみんなに
    • 6 安全な水とトイレを世界中に
  • GROUNDS 
    FOR HEALTH

    Promoting Women’s Health 
    in Coffee producing countries

    The production of the finest quality green coffee is not something that can be achieved without the hard work of the many coffee producers. Many coffee producers across the globe, however, face significant economic, environmental, and social challenges. Around the globe around 125 million people are involved in coffee production, 70% of whom are women. Thus Ogawa Coffee works hard to support activities that target women working in coffee production regions. One such organization is the US non-profit organization "Grounds for Health". The Grounds for Health organization’s activities are primarily based in Ethiopia and Kenya, where they work with local medical institution staff to promote women’s health, specifically early detection and treatment of cervical cancer. Additionally, Grounds for Health promotes the education and training of local medical staff, to promote self-sustaining women’s healthcare in these communities.

    Most Grounds for Health activities are supported by North American coffee-related companies. In addition to accepting donations, Grounds for Health holds a green coffee auction, once a year. All the winning bids are used to fund Grounds for Health’s activities. The beans used in the auction are donated by farms in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia and Panama, allowing for coffee producing countries to also contribute to this cause.

    Ogawa Coffee has been running campaigns to support Grounds for Health since 2009. With the cooperation of many customers, we have been able to continuously donate a portion of our sales to the organization. Our wish is to further assist in the early detection of illnesses and save the lives of as many people as possible by supporting this organization. It is our hope to expand the boundaries of what can be accomplished with a single cup of coffee.

    NOTES

    If you want to know more about Grounds for Health, 
    Please click here

    Grounds for Health Official Website

    • 1 貧困をなくそう
    • 3 すべての人に健康と福祉を
    • 5 ジェンダー平等を実現しよう
    • 10 人や国の不平等をなくそう
    • 17 パートナーシップで目標を達成しよう
  • FUN TO 
    SHARE

    Initiatives 
    for Realizing a Low Carbon Society

    Ogawa Coffee participates in the "Fun to Share" climate change campaign promoted by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment to help realize a low carbon society. "Fun to Share" is a movement to widely share the latest ideas for global warming countermeasures within society. On the official website, information and initiatives for low carbon societal activities and information is available by region, organization, and company. Ogawa Coffee currently implements energy-saving measures, such as cool & warm business wear policies, reducing the amount of paper waste created from the use of copy machines and printers, as well as saving electricity through the installation of a solar power generator on the roof of the head office.

    NOTES

    If you would like to know more about Fun to Share, 
    Please click here

    Fun to Share Official Website

    • 7 エネルギーをみんなにそしてクリーンに
    • 12 つくる責任つかう責任
    • 13 気候変動に具体的な対策を
  • PINK RIBBON 
    KYOTO

    Supporting a Bright Future for All Women

    The Pink Ribbon” is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Started in 2005, by the family of an American breast cancer victim , the Pink Ribbon was born from this family’s desire to prevent other families from suffering the same loss, and it is currently expanding throughout the world. The "Pink Ribbon Kyoto" chapter was launched through a collaboration of local companies students in Kyoto, and government agencies such as Kyoto Prefecture and Kyoto City.

    Breast cancer is a disease that has a high probability of cure through early detection and treatment. In the United States, more than 75% of women undergo mammography exams. In Japan, however, the figure continues to be less than 45%. At Pink Ribbon Kyoto, to improve this situation, various campaigns and awareness activities, including seminars, panel discussions and breast cancer screenings are carried out throughout the year. Ogawa Coffee continues to support Pink Ribbon Kyoto by cooperating with various activities including the “Kyoto Stamp Rally and Walk”.

    NOTES

    If you would like to know more about Pink Ribbon Kyoto, 
    Please click here

    Pink Ribbon Kyoto Official Website

    • 3 すべての人に健康と福祉を
    • 5 ジェンダー平等を実現しよう
  • about SDGs

    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

    In September of 2015 the UN, based out of their headquarters in New York, held the Sustainable Development Summit. At this summit the 193 Member States of the United Nations officially adopted a new agenda, entitled “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” This agenda included 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 Targets, all created with the guiding philosophy of “No one will be left behind”.

    • 1 貧困をなくそう
    • 2 飢餓をゼロに
    • 3 すべての人に健康と福祉を
    • 4 質の高い教育をみんなに
    • 5 ジェンダー平等を実現しよう
    • 6 安全な水とトイレを世界中に
    • 7 エネルギーをみんなにそしてクリーンに
    • 8 働きがいも経済成長も
    • 9 産業と技術革新の基盤をつくろう
    • 10 人や国の不平等をなくそう
    • 11 住み続けられるまちづくりを
    • 12 つくる責任つかう責任
    • 13 気候変動に具体的な対策を
    • 14 海の豊かさを守ろう
    • 15 陸の豊かさも守ろう
    • 16 平和と公正をすべての人に
    • 17 パートナーシップで目標を達成しよう