Why we need to take action
Tackling the greatest challenges of our age — human rights, fair payment, environmental and climate protection, hunger and water shortages — will require a powerful lobby. As a traditional family company, we believe in taking responsibility and being part of a movement that takes on these challenges not only with words, but with actions. And that is what we are doing.
Our objective: We strive to do business in a fair and sustainable way and help our customers integrate sustainability into their everyday lives.
We’re ready for the challenge!
Community-event in August10.08.2022
Sustainability is our topic in August! This month, members of the Tchibo community have the opportunity to learn more about our commitment and initiatives, ask the sustainability team their questions and share best practices with other community members.
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Limite offer: Coffee from Costa Rica25.07.2022
Our new Limited Private Coffee takes us to the west of Costa Rica, which offers excellent conditions for coffee cultivation and is known worldwide for highest coffee quality. The coffee for Costa Rica Limited comes exclusively from certified sustainable cultivation.read more
Manuals on Facilitation and Conflict Management19.07.2022
From 2017 to 2020, GIZ and Tchibo joined forces to improve working conditions through the Social Dialogue Project in Myanmar – with the goal to establish effective dialogue at the workplace. The situation in Myanmar has changed fundamentally, but interesting manuals emerged from the project.read more
Tchibo Human Rights Report 2021 (Non Food)01.07.2022
As a family-owned business, people are at the center of Tchibo's activities. That is why we stand up for Human Rights. They are non-negotiable and must always be respected. In the Human Rights Report 2021 (Non Food), we report on our goals, activities and challenges.read more
Now online: Tchibo Sustainability Report 202130.06.2022
Along the GRI standards, we report on our goals for the coming years, on measures, activities and cooperations, reflect on our progress and describe challenges we face in the area of sustainability.read more
Panel Discussion "Taking Action" at the Greenstyle x Neonyt Lab Frankfurt23.06.2022
Join in when Axel Schröder (Team Human Rights) discusses sustainable opportunities we have as a large company at the GREENSTYLE x Neonyt Lab on June 26 at 1pm in Frankfurt. A conversation about difficulties, successes and the importance of "doing instead of talking".read more
Behind every cup of our BARISTA Fairtrade coffee are the people who harvested and processed it. Thus, we are very happy that last year, all those who enjoyed our BARISTA coffee generated a Fairtrade premium of almost 2 million US-Dollar for community projects in our coffee-growing countries.read more
Material Change Index 2021: Tchibo is again a Leading Performance Brand30.05.2022
Tchibo was again rated above average for all materials (except leather) in Textile Exchange's annual comparative study and ranked as a Leading Performance Brand, classifying us as a company that is pioneering the transformation of the textile industry.
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New Qbo Premium Coffee from the Coopfam cooperative from Brazil20.05.2022
We are pleased to present our new Fairtrade certified Qbo coffee from the Coopfam cooperative in Brazil. In addition to growing coffee, the farming community enables valuable social, economic, and environmental projects. We have been supporting them in this endeavor since 2014.read more
Podcast: Tchibo & Faitrade – Fun or factual stories?05.05.2022
Fairtrade founder Dieter Overath and Nanda Bergstein, Director of Corporate Responsibility, have influenced the shift to more sustainable business practices. Both are now leaving their jobs. So we caught them for one last joint talk about child labor, conflict and courageous people.read more
Panel Discussion: „Change Fashion – Change Politics“13.04.2022
Axel Schröder (Team Human Rights) will discuss the conditions of a fair textile industry on April 21 at 4 p.m. during the Fashion Revolution Week. Join the panel discussion to learn how far the due diligence of companies already extends today and where the legislator has to make improvements.read more
Podcast: It’s all about (organic) cotton, baby.07.04.2022
In this podcast episode, everything revolves around organic cotton. We talk to Sustainability Manager Dr. Katharina Heye and Rapha Breyer from Fairtrade about beetle removal by hand and the Chetna joint project, which helps farmers transition from conventional to organic cotton (in German).read more
WE programme in the UN Global Compact's Business & Human Rights Navigator30.03.2022
Our WE human rights program now serves as an example of good practice in the area of freedom of association for the Business & Human Rights Navigator. The new online portal provides information on the implementation of due diligence in supply chains and thus also the Supply Chain Act.read more
Podcast: How does fashion finally become fair and environmentally friendly?10.03.2022
Fashion is supposed to make us happy. But the reality along the supply chain looks different. It reveals destruction, poisoning and human suffering. In the Planetary Business Podcast, Nanda Bergstein, Director of Corporate Responsibility, explains how we can reinvent the system (in German).read more
ILO Convention 190 to end violence & harassment in the workplace08.03.2022
Around 500 million working-age women live in countries without legal protection against violence and harassment in the workplace. Today, on International Women's Day, we call on the German government, together with 31 other members of the Textile Alliance, to ratify ILO Convention 190.read more
Recycled cotton - opportunities and challenges10.02.2022
Recycled cotton saves resources and protects the environment compared to virgin fiber. As we launch our first collection with several recycled cotton products, fiber expert Cristina Graack explains how the recycling process works, where the limits are and what we still want to achieve (in German).read more
How does fair trade succeed?04.02.2022
Nanda Bergstein, Director of Corporate Responsibility, was a guest in the interview series "Sarah will's wissen - Fairness im Unternehmen auf der Spur". Read more about what has happened in our commitment to fair trade since 2005 and why companies need new business models (in German).read more
Listen to the panel discussion on the Green Button31.01.2022
Axel Schröder (Team Human Rights) spoke at Neonyt in Frankfurt as part of a panel discussion about the government seal Green Button, corporate due diligence and supply chains of the future. Check out the recording (in Geman)!
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Watch now: Panel on sustainable clothing (in German)27.01.2022
How are socio-ecological criteria as required by the new Supply Chain Act implemented in the production of clothing? This was one of the questions discussed by Axel Schröder (Team Human Rights) at the panel on sustainable clothing at the Fair Fashion Week.
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Behind the scenes: Our organic cotton project in India24.01.2022
In a pilot project, we support farmers in India with sustainable cotton cultivation. But how does the shift to organic cotton work? Find out about the preparation of organic fertilizer and the sowing of Fairtrade organic cotton (in German).
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Not perfect – but making bold steps in the right direction
What we have achieved to date
in 9 countries have received support through 20 projects delivered under the Tchibo Joint Forces!® farmer programme since 2009. The programme aims to help farmers transition to more sustainable cultivation methods and to improve living standards.
98 % of our textiles made with cotton
are made from cotton from sustainable sources (organic cotton, GOTS or Cotton made in Africa).
100 % eco-friendly power for 13 years
at all of our Tchibo sites (headquarters, warehouse, stores and coffee shops).
old PET bottles were processed for our 2021 textiles made from recycled materials, saving 5,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
of our product packaging is recyclable.
have been newly included in the WE programme. In total, 432 factories have been involved since 2008, of which 96 factories are participating in the programme at the end of 2021. In 2021, 4,900 workers and managers participated in activities.
Is this enough?
We understand that our company has, for a long time, had a critical role to play when it comes to sustainability. We know that in some areas, Tchibo is still part of the problem. This is why it is all the more important for us to use our design expertise and business knowledge to become a bigger part of the solution with each day that passes.
For us, there is no alternative to fair working conditions, transparency and environmental protection.
The road is a long one, and we are always looking for solutions that will enable us to protect resources and the environment and to safeguard human rights. We are working to fill the gaps – swiftly and creatively.