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!

Not perfect – but making bold steps in the right direction

What we have achieved to date

  • 40,000 farmers

    in 9 countries have received support through 17 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.

  • 89% 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 11 years

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

  • Every second

    our stores sell a sustainable coffee.

  • 12 million

    plastic bottles were recycled to make our textile products in 2019.

  • 97%

    of our product packaging is recyclable.

  • 405 manufacturers

    in 11 countries have participated in our WE qualification programme on human rights since 2007.

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


Sustainability Magazine

Sustainability Magazine

For all the latest news on our actions, take a look at our Sustainability Magazine.


Sustainability reports, memberships and operating figures

Sustainability reports, memberships and operating figures

You’ll find further information and details on our actions around sustainability here.

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Or return in January 2021, when we’ll have completed our site update and added more background information.


Tchibo supports workers to combat Covid-19 in Bangladesh
Tchibo supports workers to combat Covid-19 in Bangladesh

Tchibo will integrate textile factories from the WE-programme in Bangladesh into a capacity-building program to help garment workers to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through the initiative, workers will learn about social distancing, handwashing, and other measures to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting the virus.

Community votes the team #sexyseconds first at the Climathon Germany 2020
Community votes the team #sexyseconds first at the Climathon Germany 2020

The team #sexyseconds officially scored second from a total of 44 participants. The community of the Impact Hub even voted them first. The #sexyseconds developed a sustainable business model für Tchibo's challenge "Belly says yes, Head as well: How can Second-Hand apparel be sexy and suitable for the mass?!".

International Coffee Partners provides emergency relief fund for smallholder families after hurricanes
International Coffee Partners provides emergency relief fund for smallholder families after hurricanes

As a response to the devastating effects of Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras and Guatemala, International Coffee Partners (ICP) makes an emergency relief fund available. ICP shareholders Delta Cafés, Franck, Joh. Johannson, Lavazza, Löfbergs, Neumann Gruppe, Paulig and Tchibo will make 40,000 Euro available to support 400 smallholder coffee farmer families with direct food access and restoring damaged infrastructure.

No plastic here
No plastic here

How can you pack T-shirts, pyjamas or trousers for sale without plastic – while still ensuring that they are protected during transport? After dozens of tests and years of research and experimentation, our in-house packaging experts have finally come up with the answer: A pre-assembled cardboard sleeve is folded around the textiles from the bottom, and a further piece of cardboard shaped like a clothes hanger is inserted to stabilise the garment.
The only part of the packaging still made of plastic (recycled, of course!) is the hanging loop that keeps it all together – and even this will be replaced by a recycled paper version by the end of the year. The new and (almost) plastic-free packaging is a world-first and we have already applied for a patent.