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

    "Fair-Trade" with coffee producing areas

    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

    The majority of coffee grown today occurs in developing countries, and since coffee bean prices are determined by international markets there can be huge socio-economic consequences for producers whom are unable to know market trends, and whom lack the means to negotiate with traders. As a result, coffee farmers are sometimes forced to sell at their coffee at prices below the production cost, preventing them from attaining the necessary profits they need to purchase the basic essentials.

    In order to prevent such a situation, and rather than simply buying agricultural goods and other products from developing countries at market prices, the Fair-Trade system allows for us, the consumer, to buy products at prices that allow for a living wage for those whom produce them. In 2004, Ogawa Coffee acquired a manufacturing license for International Fair-Trade certified label products. Since then we have incorporated International Fair-Trade certified coffee into our product line.

    Specifically, during the month of May, in which we celebrate as Fair-Trade Month each year, as the World Fair Trade Day falls on the 2nd Saturday of May. During this month, Ogawa Coffee creates a new and unique menu in our shops and also sells international Fair-Trade certified coffee. The Fair-Trade system is one that improves the production environment and living environment for producers around the world, therefore to protect the lives of our coffee-making partners, "Ogawa Coffee" will continue to support this program.

    NOTES

    If you would like to know more about Fair-Trade, 
    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®

    A Program to protect the natural habitat of migratory birds

    In the late 1990s, experts confirmed that the number of migratory birds crossing North and South America were decreasing. In response to this situation, the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest academic research institution in Washington DC, USA, established the "Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC)". During the course of their research, the facility discovered that coffee plantations play a vital role in the habitual migration of birds.

    Traditional coffee cultivation takes place in an environment close to natural forests, this coffee is known as shade grown. Migratory birds use these forests as a resting place and to feed on insects that reside there. However, it has become clear that number of migratory birds has decreased due to loss of natural habitat, resulting from an increase in the number of coffee farms that open up forests and use mechanical harvesting to reduce costs. Therefore, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center established certification standards in 1999 in order to protect the natural habitat of migratory birds. Through the purchase of coffee beans from certified farms at premium prices, the Bird Friendly® certification program is able to fund and support activities that protects migratory birds while helping growers preserve the natural habitat.

    "Ogawa Coffee" started selling "Bird Friendly® Certified Coffee" for the first time in Japan in 2005. Coffee beans that are grown at "Bird Friendly® Certified farms are not only more sustainability produced, but also are of a higher quality. Coffee grown under the canopy of shade trees, protected from strong winds and direct sunlight, allows for the coffee cherries to mature slowly to creating a sweeter flavored coffee bean. The protection of biodiversity in coffee producing countries is not only more sustainable but benefits coffee consumers as well.

    NOTES

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

    BIRD FRIENDLY® Official Website

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    • 13 気候変動に具体的な対策を
  • ORGANIC JAS

    Promotion of eco-friendly 
    organic cultivation

    Organic coffee is cultivated by making full use of the power of nature, without relying on chemically synthesized pesticides, fertilizers, and genetic recombination. Not only is the burden on the environment reduced, but negative health effects resulting from chemical use are eliminated. Creating a healthy alternative for both consumer and those working at the farm. Every year, plantations and manufacturing plants are inspected by registered certification bodies to ensure that all facilities are up to code. And only food that meets the strict criteria to be classified as organic is allowed to display the "Organic JAS mark". Ogawa Coffee acquired Organic JAS certification at the Kyoto Factory in 2001, and have since added Organic JAS certified coffee to our product line. In order to deliver delicious coffee to everyone, we are working to create an environment for sustainable coffee cultivation through the sale of Organic coffee.

    NOTES

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

    ORGANIC JAS Official Website

    • 2 飢餓をゼロに
    • 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

    Coffee cultivated by professionals 
    to save the orangutans

    Indonesia has the largest lowland rainforest in Asia and is said to have the most biodiversity in the world. However, the number of tropical rainforests is decreasing year by year due to forest fires and illegal logging. Along with this, the number of Sumatran orangutans and Tapanuli orangutans, which live in tropical rain forests, has decreased, to the point that they have been designated as endangered species. The non-profit organization "Pan Eco" is engaged in the conservation activities (SOCP = Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme) of the orangutans in order to save them and bring them back from the edge of extinction. The protection of orangutans, and the preservation of biodiversity in Indonesia is of such significance that coffee professionals from around the world banded together to create “The Orang Utan Coffee Project”.

    The purpose of “The Orang Utan Coffee Project” is to protect the natural environment in which orangutans live, as well as to enrich the lives of local coffee growers through the production of high-quality coffee. This project not only supports the improvement of the environment for coffee producing areas, but also supports activities to protect the orangutan and the environment. This is accomplished through money earned from the sale of green coffee, donated to the conservation activities of PanEco. The origin of Orang Utan coffee is primarily sourced from the Gaya area of Aceh Province in Sumatra. A region also known for its production regions the Gayo Mountain and Mandheling. The Orang Utan Coffee Project, as a part of its devotion to the cultivation of high-quality coffee, opened the Orang Utan Coffee Lab, a lab equipped with a variety of extraction tools. Allowing coffee quality to be verified through all steps of the cultivation process.

    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 PR we decided to ask customers and ourselves “what can you do with a cup of coffee?”, one cup of coffee can make all the difference for the orangutans, coffee growers, coffee lovers, and above all, for the planet. Orang Utan Coffee is only possible through the hard work of both the producers and the consumers.

    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 at improving the educational environment of children in developing countries through music and roses, in addition to improving the employment situations of working mothers. The project began when percussionist Nobu Saito and actress and singer 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 children living in an impoverished environment. Inspired by these children, Nobu Saito and Mari Natsuki wanted to use their status in Japan to help these children grow and become healthy adults. So, they started the "One of Love Project" in 2009. Every year the organization donates proceeds from a concert held every June 21st on “World Music Day” and as well as the proceeds from the sale of the original rose “Mari Rouge” (“Mari Rouge Day” falls on the 21st of every month) to developing countries. In the past, a computer training program was set up at a rose farm in Ethiopia with the support of the "One of Love Project". The donations raised has also been used to purchase and distribute school uniforms and textbooks.

    Ethiopia is the birthplace of all 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. Therefore, we decided to support the" One of Love Project "in our own way. On "Mari Rouge Day" on the 21st of every month, customers who order our limited edition coffee, are served in a one of a kind and hand painted cup known as “Kyo-ware (Kyoto made Ceramic)” adorned with a painting of a crimson rose "Mari Rouge" (Only at Ogawa Coffee Main Store, Kyoto Sanjo Store and Kyoto Station Store). In addition, we also present the "Mari Rouge" flowers to the first 10 customers whom order this coffee to raise awareness of the importance of this project. As a company we will continue to think about what we can accomplish with a single cup of 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

    At Ogawa Coffee we recognize that in order to consistently provide our customers with the finest quality coffee, the cultivation and production of high-quality green coffee is essential. However, many coffee producers across the globe face significant economic, environmental and social challenges. About 125 million people are involved in coffee production in the world, and around 70% of them are women. To that end, Ogawa Coffee continues to focus on supporting activities in coffee producing countries that protect the lives of producers and contribute to the stable production of coffee. One such organization is the US non-profit organization "Grounds for Health". The Grounds for Health’s work primarily revolves around Mexico, Nicaragua and Tanzania, where they work with local medical institution staff and American medical volunteers. Grounds for Health promotes a wide variety of services, specifically, carrying out cervical cancer screening campaigns. Additionally, Grounds for Health promotes the education and training of local medical staff, in order to promote long-term change in these communities. The majority of Grounds or 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. The beans used in the auction are donated by farms in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Panama, etc., allowing coffee producing countries to contribute as well. Ogawa Coffee has been running a campaign to support Grounds for Health since 2009. With the cooperation of many customers, we have continued to donate a part of our sales to the organization. Our wish is to promote early detection of illness and save the lives of as many people as possible by supporting this organization. We will continue to be a company that cares for the wellbeing of coffee producers, as we continue to ask ourselves, "What can we do 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

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    • 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 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 with society. On the official website, information and initiatives for low carbon societies conducted by regions, organizations and companies are available. Ogawa Coffee is implementing energy-saving measures, such as implementing cool & warm business wear policies, reducing the amount of paper waste created via copy machines and printers, as well as saving electricity by installing 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

    “Pink Ribbon” is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Started in 2005, by the family of an American breast cancer victim, with the hope that "such a tragedy will not be repeated". Currently Pink Ribbon can be found in over 30 countries across five continents. "Pink Ribbon Kyoto" was launched by local companies, Kyoto students, and government agencies such as Kyoto Prefectural government and Kyoto City Government.

    Breast cancer is a disease that can be handled the sooner it is detected and treated. 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, various campaigns and awareness activities, including seminars, panel discussions and breast cancer screenings are carried out throughout the year with the hope of changing the current situation. 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

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    • 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