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!

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  • Human

    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.

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  • Non Food

    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).

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  • Human

    WE programme in the UN Global Compact's Business & Human Rights Navigator

    30.03.2022

    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.

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  • Company

    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).

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  • Human

    ILO Convention 190 to end violence & harassment in the workplace

    08.03.2022

    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.

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  • Non Food

    Recycled cotton - opportunities and challenges

    10.02.2022

    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).

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  • Company

    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).

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  • Human

    Listen to the panel discussion on the Green Button

    31.01.2022

    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)!

    © Neonyt / Dita Vollmond

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  • Human

    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.

    © cottonbro from Pexels

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  • Non Food

    Behind the scenes: Our organic cotton project in India

    24.01.2022

    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).

    © Fairtrade / Ranita Roy / Fairpicture

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  • Human

    Green Button - preliminary conclusion and outlook 

    18.01.2022

    On January 19, Axel Schröder (Team Human Rights) will discuss corporate due diligence and supply chains of the future within a panel discussion at Neonyt in Frankfurt starting at 12 pm. Join the livestream (registration required)!

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  • Company

    1st place: We are delighted to receive the F.A.Z. "Excellent Sustainability 2021" award

    01.12.2021

    The F.A.Z. study "Excellent Sustainability 2021" evaluated more than 21,000 companies in terms of their sustainability reputation. The companies are analyzed comprehensively in the areas of ecological, social and economic sustainability. We are among the award winners!

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  • Environment

    Green electricity from people for people

    29.10.2021

    A climate-positive life and "electricity with a face"? We want to support that! Therefore, together with our partner enyway, we offer our customers the possibility to purchase green electricity directly from private electricity producers, if they wish even from their region.

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  • Environment

    Switching to zero-emission cargo ships by 2040

    21.10.2021

    By joining the Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV) platform, our products will become a little more sustainable. Thereby, we pledged to use only zero-emission ships to transport our products by 2040.

    #ZeroBy2040

  • Coffee

    Neuer Premiumkaffee aus Kenia

    11.10.2021

    With Rarity No.5, we travel to Kenya, to Kirinyaga County to be precise. The coffee for our limited edition is certified sustainably grown and comes exclusively from farms that bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal.

  • Human

    Human rights - a global issue

    01.10.2021

    A good start for a more respectful interaction with each other! That's how the Green Actors Lounge can be summed up, where the film industry, activists and representatives of Tchibo discussed discrimination, globalization and sustainability last week.

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  • Human

    Tchibo X Green Actors Lounge

    23.09.2021

    We're bringing sustainability and the acting industry together! Join us live on Instagram on September 22, as we discuss sustainable lifestyle, green film production as well as fair coexistence with many green celebrities like Andrea Gerhard, Barbara Meier and Iris Berben.

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  • Company

    The supply chain law in practice

    23.09.2021

    How can the Supply Chain Act be implemented with real impact for people and the environment? For many companies, this is an as-yet unsolved challenge. At the SAP Executive Procurement Roundtable, Nanda Bergstein, Director of Corporate Responsibility, talks about possible solutions.

  • Company

    Sustainable business - how does it work?

    22.09.2021

    Following the success of previous years, the PLAN W Congress is starting its third round: We are delighted that Nanda Bergstein, our Director of Corporate Responsibility, will be discussing with inspiring panel guests to talk about reconciling growth and sustainability and many other topics.

  • Company

    Podcast: In conversation with Revolverheld singer Johannes Strate

    22.09.2021

    In the new podcast episode we talk to Revolverheld singer Johannes Strate about growing up in an ecologically minded household in Bremen and his fight as a WWF ambassador against the plastic flood.

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Not perfect – but making bold steps in the right direction

What we have achieved to date

  • 42.200 farmers

    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.

  • 96 % 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 12 years

    at all of our Tchibo sites (headquarters, warehouse, stores and coffee shops).

  • Every second

    our stores sell a sustainable coffee.
    (Statement refers to the year 2019. Due to the pandemic, most Tchibo stores were closed in 2020).

  • 63 million

    plastic bottles were recycled to make our textile products in 2020.

  • 97 %

    of our product packaging is recyclable.

  • 4.200 workers and managers

    have participated in the WE programme in 2020.

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.

Find out more

Tchibo Sustainability Report

Tchibo Sustainability Report

In this report, we describe our strategic approaches to our sustainability commitment and show the results of our activities.

Tchibo Human Rights Report (Non Food)

Tchibo Human Rights Report (Non Food)

In the Tchibo Human Rights Report (Non Food), we compile our activities, initiatives and measures through which we aim to ensure compliance with human rights in our global supply chains. Concrete progress and results are shown through key figures and specific projects in the sourcing countries.

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