A global challenge – and an integral part of our work


Jens Sorgenfrei
Managing Director


At the recent COP 21 conference in Paris, 195 countries recognized the future ecological challenges for individuals, corporations as well as governments – and established a binding agreement to limit the global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius and drive efforts to reduce it even further to 1.5 degrees. Since our foundation in 2005, we are strongly committed to our environmental work.

Historically, the farming of coffee and other tropical commodities was made responsible for part of the deforestation around the globe. Since the establishment of our first project in 1991 (still under the name of Embden, Drishaus and Epping Consulting) the protection of the environment has been an integral part of our work. At the same time, we also stand up to our responsibility as a corporate citizen of the City of Hamburg by supporting environmental initiatives in Hamburg and its neighboring federal states.

In working with smallholder farmers, we encourage them to balance ecological and economic interests, so to create long-term sustainable climate resilient production systems that endure economic challenges. We work towards deforestation-free supply chains, a reduction of the water footprint for coffee and conservation of the biodiversity both in tropical countries but also in Northern Germany.



Deforestation In Coffee Production

While coffee originates from the humid, tropical forests in southern Ethiopia and South Sudan and around the globe is largely grown in many former forest landscapes the relation between coffee and forest cover today is little addressed in our sector.

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The peewit: a congenial ambassador

photocredit to NABU/Thorsten Krüger

The peewit or lapwing has been facing striking declines lately and is facing extinction. This ground-breeder is competing for breeding spaces with heavy machinery used to harvest crops in northern Germany.

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Reducing the water footprint in Vietnam

Water is a critical element in Vietnam's coffee producing region. This project works to ensure equitable and sufficient water availability for all water users in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, and to significantly save water through improved irrigation management in the coffee sector.

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