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Chair of Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Alma Teas & Herbal Infusions

Aiguaviva (Gironès)

It is the brand created in 2010 by the company Coffee Center, which is dedicated to the manufacture, transformation, manipulation, elaboration and packaging of food products, especially infusions and coffee. The company is located in Aiguaviva (Gironès). It has a workforce of 43, and a turnover of 6 million euros.

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It is committed to protecting the environment and is ISO 14001 certified. Alma products are ecological, packed in boxes made of FSC certified paper, and both the ink and the silk bags are biodegradable. The new products feature an innovative silk pyramid-shaped design, which moves away from the typical box containing sachets, and is made from 100% biodegradable, natural, GMO-free materials as well as being 100% recyclable, as the customer can separate the plastic from the cardboard.

In terms of emissions, they have chosen to renew the fleet of cars every 5 years.

This is a social economy project launched in 2013 with the aim of designing and making trendy bags from coffee sacks and recycled materials, from the outset working with people at risk of social exclusion. The sale of these bags provides work for people with intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses from the Grup Èxit, and the profits are then donated to Càritas to contribute to the development of different social projects. In 2015, more than 1,200 sacks were recycled, the range of bags was consolidated with the addition of two new models, six jobs were created linked to the project, more than 600 bags were sold and a turnover of around 20,000 euros was achieved, all of which was reinvested in solidarity projects in 2015.

Social involvement is very important for the company, as it forms part of its identity. It is part of the Càritas Diocesana de Girona’s “Empresa amb Cor” programme, and as a result of the “Bosses amb Alma” project, work has also begun on other shared initiatives such as “Carpa Càritas amb Alma”, a joint social economy initiative consisting of a temporary space that tours fairs and festivals to generate job opportunities and promote social economy projects. The profits from sales go entirely to support the incorporation of people at risk of exclusion into the labour market. It has also facilitated internships and training, such as a barista course for six people who work in the Càritas amb Alma cafeteria service. It be necessary to say that the association Tostadores Reunidos, of which they are part, collaborates with about 100 000 euros the year with projects of development in Peru through CESAL, thanks to the fact that the associated companies bring 3 cents per kg of bought coffee, also. It also shows a commitment to the clientele (quality certification, collection of client feedback), and to the people on the team (stability, training, internal promotion, integration of people at risk of social exclusion).

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