Tom Haigh, Head of Coffee
“The Partnership for Gender Equity's research has been fundamental to our understanding of equality and sustainability in the coffee value chain. Tate's equality projects, which aspire towards a more equitable supply chain, relies on PGE methodology, the work they do and their dedication to championing gender empowerment in coffee communities.
Contributing to the Equal Origins initiative has presented us the opportunity to be part of the wider conversation about gender equity and youth engagement in the coffee chain. In subscribing to an initiative that aligns with our fundamental ethos we are proud to be involved in the chapter of a broader story that will lead to a more sustainable and inclusive future for everyone.”
Larry Challan, CEO, Batdorf & Bronson
I support The Partnership for Equity as their strategy is based on research, not just good intentions, to assure the right approach to solving the difficult problem of gender equality. This is about women’s equality, however their Executive Report states: “exercise cultural sensitivity about men and women”. To me, this means an inclusive approach to improve the lives of farmer families and their communities by addressing gender equality. A win for all!
Beth Ann Caspersen, Equal Exchange
Gender Equity is a complex topic; it not just about women, it's about families, breaking stereotypes, inclusion and empowerment while recognizing the need for cross border collaboration. We support Equal Origins because the tools and dialog they are creating will bring a systematic and accessible resource to the coffee supply chain for women and families that is culturally aware and just. This important work will help to shape and inform the entire movement and we are proud to be part of it
Olga Cuellar, S&D Coffee & Tea
Being part of the Equal Origins initiative is one great opportunity to understand better how to address gender and new coffee generation’s challenges, and leverage the PGE tools to increase supply chain visibility by better measuring the participation of young women and men that are part of our sustainable sourcing platform, Raíz Sustainability.
Charlie Habegger, Coffee Buyer, Blue Bottle Coffee
"Equity, such a simple thing, is a generations-long struggle for hundreds of thousands in coffee. While I resent constantly that initiatives such as Equal Origins are necessary in our world, they absolutely are. I participated in the Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE) workshop for household-level change in Myanmar, and I think any rational person buying coffee would have seen the stability and profit potential this work can bring to communities when done well. Equity in supply chains should be the future we seek. And, with every step taken, we all benefit so much.”
Lee Wallace, Peace Coffee
Peace Coffee strives to make coffee-growing a sustainable and beneficial endeavor. Central to our mission is making sure all engaged in the production of our coffee have equal access to training, resources, and leadership opportunities. By improving gender equity in the supply chain, we can improve the quality of lives for coffee farming families and improve the quality of coffee we purchase. We are proud to support Equal Origins and their work to advance gender equity in coffee growing communities!
The Equal Origins program is a perfect fit with the mission statement and actions of our company. The importance of equality cannot be overstated, and working with this program will allow us to broaden our impact for true sustainability thru equal access and support. The sponsoring companies coming together to support this equity in supply chains will bring added exposure for the Partnership for Gender Equity program, and then the program bringing those tools to bear on the communities that need them, will be a meaningful step in the right direction. The impact of gender equality doesn't stop with the empowering of women; but through them can be far reaching, extending to children & families, and then spreading out to the communities at large.