ofi raises sustainability ambition for coffee business with 2030 targets to cut emissions and uplift farmers

London, 31st January 2024


- Ambitious new 2030 sustainability targets launched to simultaneously accelerate climate action and improve farmer livelihoods


By the end of the decade, ofi’s coffee business, a leading supplier of green coffee, plans to cut supply chain emissions[i] by 30%, help enable 20,000 farmers to earn a living income, expand its human rights programs, and apply regenerative farming practices to half a million hectares in key coffee growing landscapes[ii].


Announcing the new sustainability goals under Coffee LENS (Livelihoods, Empowerment, and Nature at Scale) 2.0, Coffee Chief Executive Vivek Verma said: “Our targets are ambitious, but they’re backed by a sustainability journey spanning 20 years and represent the next chapter in our long-term ambition to build more resilient and regenerative coffee supply chains.”


More specifically, ofi has established the following four focus areas for its coffee business up to 2030:

  • Improving farmer livelihoods: Expanding segmentation models to deliver customized support to 300,000 farmer households, with 20,000 achieving a living income
  • Empowering communities: Implementing Child Labor Monitoring & Remediation Systems (CLMRS) in all high-risk supply chains with 50,000 children benefitting from educational support to protect human rights
  • Accelerating decarbonization: Scaling up climate-smart actions and resource efficiency to reduce on-farm GHG emissions by 30% and by 50%[iii] in processing plants
  • Restoring coffee landscapes: Working towards regenerative production systems to build Natural Capital while embedding geo-spatial tools in deforestation monitoring systems


“Our history of effective action for farmers, rural communities, climate and nature, as highlighted in our recent Impact Report, shows that we understand and can develop effective strategies to simultaneously address the most pressing challenges in the industry. Which is why, with the constantly evolving requirements of a sustainable coffee supply chain, we are looking to scale up our efforts and action under Coffee LENS with bigger and bolder targets for 2030”, Verma added.


The new targets come as food companies look to prepare for increasingly active enforcement on human rights and new EU rules on disclosing nature and climate risks, requiring the industry to move faster than ever before on traceability, human rights, and environmental due diligence in order to remain relevant.


ofi’s coffee teams, embedded in 18 origins across the coffee belt, will draw on innovation and digital capabilities to develop and scale solutions that tackle issues from child labor risks to deforestation, helping its customers to navigate the evolving landscape and achieve their responsible sourcing commitments. For example, a Carbon Sequestration Monitoring (CSM) tool developed by ofi and Google geo-spatial partner NGIS[iv], is being rolled out to measure and account for gains and losses in carbon stocks on ofi’s coffee, as well as cashew and cocoa, suppliers’ farms, and sourcing landscapes.


The digital tool is one of several helping to bolster ofi’s existing monitoring frameworks and drive more efficient interventions to help meet its targets, which include implementing remediation actions whenever deforestation risks are identified in its supply chains. Verma concluded: “Our bolder approach means that whether we’re supplying specialty coffees, cascara applications, or plant-based latte mixes, we can offer our roaster and manufacturer customers beverage ingredients that come with greater transparency and sustainability impact across their supply chains.”


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Notes to Editors

i Scope 3: All indirect emissions (not included in scope 2) that occur from sources not owned or controlled by ofi, i.e., in ofi’s value chain, including both upstream and downstream emissions (Source: Greenhouse Gas Protocol, A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard I REVISED EDITION I)

ii ofi’s targets are further defined and specified in the Coffee LENS 2.0 report and should be read together with this news release

iii The baseline year for GHG reduction targets is 2020

iv https://ngis.com.au/Newsroom/NGIS-and-OFI-to-Build-Carbon-Monitoring-Tool

About ofi

ofi (olam food ingredients) is a new operating group born out of Olam. ofi offers sustainable, natural, value-added food products and ingredients so that consumers can enjoy the healthy and indulgent products they love. It consists of industry-leading businesses of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts, and spices. ofi has built a unique global value chain presence including its own farming operations, farm-gate origination, and manufacturing facilities. ofi partners with customers, leveraging its complementary and differentiated portfolio of ‘on-trend’ food products, to co-create solutions that anticipate and meet changing consumer preferences as demand increases for healthier food that’s traceable and sustainable. To subscribe to the ofi newsroom, please visit www.ofi.com/news-and-events (privacy statement here). If you do not wish to receive information from ofi please contact media@ofi.com.


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Olam Group is a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to 20,200 customers worldwide. Our value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, processing and distribution operations, as well as a global network of farmers. Through our purpose to ‘Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems’, Olam Group aims to address the many challenges involved in meeting the needs of a growing global population, while achieving positive impact for farming communities, our planet and all our stakeholders. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, Olam Group currently ranks among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in terms of market capitalization on SGX-ST. Since June 2020, Olam Group has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series, a global sustainable investment index series developed by FTSE Russell, following a rigorous assessment of Olam’s supply chain activities, impact on the environment and governance transparency. The FTSE4Good Index Series identifies companies that demonstrate strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and is used by a variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds. More information on Olam can be found at www.olamgroup.com. Olam is located at 7 Straits View, Marina One East Tower #20-01, Singapore 018936. Telephone: +65 63394100, Facsimile: +65 63399755. To subscribe to the Olam Newsroom please visit www.olamgroup.com and read the Privacy statement here. If you do not wish to receive information from Olam, please contact media@olamnet.com


Nikki Barber

Global Head of Communications, ofi


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Zoe Maddison

Sustainability communications manager, ofi


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