Over the next few months we're highlighting some of our suppliers to give you more insight into where your food comes from! Today's guest post was written by our coffee supplier, Sacred Grounds.
Sacred Grounds was established in 2004 out of a strong passion from the staff for ethical and sustainable products. From the very beginning Sacred Grounds has been about more than just great coffee, we’re a business with a global outlook. As a result, all Sacred Grounds products are ethical, socially responsible and where possible have a limited impact on the environment.
We weren't looking to take on the giants of the coffee industry but to make a difference where it really mattered, in the lives of the poorest of the poor around the world. The Fairtrade Premium, paid to the Co-operatives, helps our producers to invest in health, infrastructure, education and social projects for their communities. This was why we were one of the first companies in Australia to sign up with Fairtrade Australia (FTAANZ).
This affiliation has been an incredible experience. Our team recently visited one of our long term coffee producers in Papua New Guinea to see firsthand the conditions these farmers and the impact that Fairtrade was having on their community. Some of the Fairtrade initiatives we saw being implemented were schemes to get access school teachers, clean water programs, building better roads and the general support and flow of knowledge from the Fairtrade officers to the local farmers.
Our vision was, and still is, to combine our passion for an equitable