Twin has been shortlisted in the Community Impact category of the Business Charity Awards. The nomination is for our three year project, Coffee and Collaboration: a success story from Peru. The project was run in collaboration with Matthew Algie, Taylors of Harrogate, Marks & Spencer and two coffee cooperatives in Peru, Pangoa and San Juan del Oro.

The Business Charity Awards is run by Third Sector magazine. The awards celebrate partnerships between charities and corporate organisations that have achieved inspirational results.

In 2015, Peru suffered from a devastating outbreak of coffee leaf rust. In some areas, 80% of crops were decimated and many farmers, abandoned their land to find work elsewhere. Twin has been trading coffee from Peru for many years, so we knew project to help preserve coffee from this fantastic origin was vital. Twin set up a programme that addressed climate change, gender justice and youth engagement. In just three years, yields increased by 56%, over 600 people participated in gender workshops.

A panel of 25 professionals from both corporate and charity backgrounds judged the submissions. Judges include Joyce Fraser, the Founder of The Black Heroes Foundation, Ankita Patel, the Corporate Responsibility Manager at Harrods and Paul Wadsworth, External Communications Manger at Yorkshire Building Society.

Twin’s Managing Director, Richard Anstead said, “This project was the first of its kind. It was fantastic to test working across the whole supply chain with partners that understand Twin and what we’re trying to achieve. The results from this project are impressive and it’s brilliant to see how working together is so efficient and can impact more people. I’m thrilled to hear we’ve been shortlisted, I hope the success of the project will lead to more collaborative working in the future.”

Find out more about the project in this video: