“Since we first opened our doors, giving back has been a cornerstone of the Gaviña Family’s tradition. We take pride in promoting social and environmental sustainability. To that end, we support several nonprofits in coffee growing regions, and we also contribute to educational and social service organizations in our local communities. We are proud that our involvement with these groups started long before the term ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ became popular.” Leonor Gaviña-Valls
Commitment to Coffee Growing Communities
F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc. has been a supporter of Coffee Kids™ since its inception more than 20 years ago. Coffee Kids focuses on helping coffee-farming families to improve the quality of their lives through health care, education, and microfinance programs.
We have been longtime supporters of Grounds for Health, a nonprofit organization that partners with healthcare professionals in coffee growing communities to prevent and treat cervical cancer, a leading killer of women in these regions.
In 2009, F. Gaviña & Sons became a founding partner of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, IWCA is dedicated, “… to empowering women in the international coffee community to achieve sustainable livelihoods; and encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.” The Gaviña Family was honored for its contribution at IWCA’s 2010 Luncheon at the National Coffee Association’s Annual Convention.
In 2003, we collaborated with a family-owned Nicaraguan coffee exporter, CISA Exportadora, on the “Adopt a School Project” which benefits local coffee farming communities. Together, we participated in a major renovation of the Ena Sanchez School in Quilali and built a classroom in the San José de la Luz School. We continue to support these schools through teaching and attendance programs, serving daily breakfasts and providing books and school supplies. In March 2004, members of our family traveled to Nicaragua to inaugurate the two educational facilities.
Our company partnered with coffee exporters, AMSA (Agroindustrias Unidas de Mexico S.A. de C.V) and ECOM Trading in 2006 to fund social projects in the coffee communities of San Juan Lachao and Santa Lucia Teotepec, in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The project includes opening a remote learning center in each community together with Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico’s “Harvard University”). This program also allows local students to complete their grade school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate studies via online courses.
Supporting Our Local Community
For more than 10 years, F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc., has provided coffee for participants in the Los Angeles County Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. At the 2010 race, we served more than 4,200 piping hot cups of Don Francisco’s Coffee to walkers, runners and volunteers. Several Gaviña Family members also walk the course to show our support for finding a cure for breast cancer. We also sponsor over 100 company employees and family members who want to participate in the annual fundraising event.
Throughout the year we donate coffee to missions and homeless shelters throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. We also support the City of Hope™ Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House Charities® and the Alzheimer’s Association®.
PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
As a family owned and operated company, we are committed to preserving the earth’s resources for future generations. We continually seek ways to incorporate our respect for the environment into our daily business practices and product sourcing. In 2007 we received the City of Vernon’s “SWAP Award” (Solid Waste Alternatives Program) for innovation and achievement in waste reduction and recycling.
Our ongoing efforts to promote environmental sustainability include:
Burlap Bag Recycling – All green (non-roasted) coffee arrives in burlap bags. The bags are sold to third-party producers for multiple secondary applications.
Coffee Chaff Recycling – When coffee is roasted, the outer skin of the bean, called “coffee chaff,” remains as a byproduct. We collect this organic matter for a third-party producer who uses it to manufacture non-coffee products.
Plant Design and Layout – Our state-of-the-art roasting and packaging plant is designed to increase production efficiency and reduce energy usage. For example, we installed skylights to help conserve energy.
Office-Wide Recycling Program – Every department is responsible for recycling paper products
Plastic Recycling – Plastic containers and wrapping materials used throughout our facility are recycled.