Sustainable Harvest

Coffee importer

Portland, Oregon

United States

About Sustainable Harvest

Sustainable Harvest is an importer of high quality specialty-grade coffees from over 15 countries around the world. They pioneered the Relationship Coffee Model to create a closer connection between farmers and consumers, and have built their business on inclusivity, connection, and transparency. Their customer’s coffee can be found in cafés throughout North America and on grocery shelves in mainstream and specialty markets.

What makes Sustainable Harvest unique is their longstanding connection to the communities from which they source coffee. Their multi-cultural team of 31 staff representing five offices around the world creates unprecedented connectivity from farm to cup. Their staff works closely with co-op leaders and farmers to bring the best technology and traceability systems to the farm level, partnering with coffee growers during cultivation, harvest, processing, and transport of coffee. Their work impacts over 200,000 farmers across Latin America and East Africa. 

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Sustainable Harvest sets itself apart by bringing together all the stakeholders involved in producing high-quality organic and fair-trade coffee. Certified B Corporations share our passion for engaging stakeholders, and we are proud to be a part of this community.

Suppliers Coming Together

The Change We Seek®

Sustainable Harvest partners with coffee communities that they source from, as well as coffee roasters, NGOs, and development organizations, to implement programs that improve farmer livelihoods and conserve the biodiverse environments where coffee is grown. They train farmers in food security, best agricultural practices, risk management, organic pest control, and more. Their investment in these programs comes from our commitment to conducting business in a way that is inclusive for everyone in their supply chain.

Their Relationship Coffee model comes to life during their annual events called Let’s Talk Coffee®. Every year, Let’s Talk Coffee® global and regional events bring supply chain partners together in coffee producing countries to discuss pressing issues in the industry, strengthen business relationships, and participate in training workshops. Now in its 12th year, Let’s Talk Coffee® has firmly established itself as specialty coffee’s leading collective action platform. By gathering everyone from producers and roasters to financiers and NGO representatives, the inclusive nature of the event sparks ideas, initiatives, and business relationships that transform the supply chain and define the future of specialty coffee.

Sustainable Harvest's goal is to continue to work collaboratively across the coffee industry to establish a system that brings high quality coffee to the US and Europe while ensuring farmers are able to make a reasonable profit on the sale of their coffee, enabling them to invest in their farms, feed their families and ensure their children a!re healthy and educated. This, in turn, will increase value to roasters, retailers, and consumers alike.

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What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2008

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Employees: >80% healthcare premiums paid for employees and their families; >25% of management positions filled by internal candidates; employee base grown by more than 15%

Community: >50% of suppliers visited on site every year; >40% suppliers are majority owned by women or ethnic minorities; >40% management comes from previously excluded populations; >30% employees from low-income communities; >25% employees work in low-income communities; 10% of profits contributed to Sustainable Origins to provide farmer training and support services

Consumers: 68% Certified Organic coffee, 85% Fair Trade Certified coffee

Environment: >25% of energy comes from renewable sources; 25-50% of suppliers monitor waste production; 1-10% of suppliers actively use water recovery and reuse systems; some facilities LEED Certified



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Media & Press

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• Sustainable Harvest Press Releases Go »

• Fast Company Article: Can the iPad Revolutionize Agriculture? Go »

• Sustainable Harvest wins G20 Inclusive Business Challenge Go »

• Stanford Social Innovation Review Go »

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