There are 39 core AAA standards in total, 13 of which cover environmental and social topics specifically, such as water use, soil conservation, occupational safety and fair treatment of workers. All 39 standards must be reached within three years of working with Nespresso.
In selecting the farmers we work with we make sure they can provide us with the exact quality and aroma profile of the coffee that we expect. However, there are three non-negotiable pre-requisites that a farm must deliver before they can join the AAA Program:
- no child labor;
- no forced labor; and
- no harassment and abuse of workers.
These three criteria are reviewed before a farm can join the AAA Program, and farmers understand that we will exclude them from the Program if they are ever found to be in breach of these standards.
Over 400 dedicated agronomists are out in the fields, working with more than 110,000 AAA farmers in 15 countries to help them adopt more sustainable farming practices, and giving them the tools and training to improve the quality and productivity of their farms.
Once farmers have achieved the 39 core criteria, they can work on more advanced modules to continue to improve practices on the farm based on their farm’s specific needs.
This focus on continuous improvement works. By producing higher quality, sustainable coffee, farmers earn a premium. Their income improves year-on-year as their productivity increases, the environment continues to be protected, and social issues are improved.