SUSTAINABILITY AND CERTIFICATIONS
Império Estate has always worked according to the labor and environmental legislation effective in Brazil. The agricultural practices employed in the farm go beyond those standards to provide good quality of life to coffee pickers and collaborators and respect the ecosystem where the estate is inserted.
More than 615 acres of the property are reserved to the preservation of native flora and fauna, in addition to 87 acres that protect rivers and springs. The farm also keeps an ecological passage for wild animals. All residues from coffee processing are duly treated on the premises, recycled and/or reused; the coffee pulp is used as natural fertilizer in the plantations and waste water is treated and later used to enrich composts.
Império Estate employs 25 people and offers them adequate working and living conditions such as individual safety equipment, clean and organized facilities and wages that are higher than the average paid by other properties in the region.
Império actively collaborates with the social project called “Bola pra Frente” (or Kick Ahead in open translation), which organizes extra-curricular activities for children of the Buritizeiro community, The sustainable working conditions of the farm are recognized and accredited by international sustainability standards: since 2005 Império Estate is UTZ certified and since 2006 it has been certified by Rainforest Alliance.
As práticas de trabalho sustentáveis empregadas na fazenda são
reconhecidas e credenciadas por certificações de café internacionais:
desde 2005, a Fazenda Império é certificada pela UTZ e desde 2006, pela
The Geographical Indication is one of
the most effective ways to protect and guarantee the origin of a product
produced in a particular region.
The Environmental influences, the
production process and the people involved create a differentiator for
the product, which shows originality and unique features only found in
The objective of BSCA is, through research, to spread of quality
control techniques and promote products, to elevate the standards of
excellence of Brazilian coffees offered in the internal and external
markets. Nevertheless, it is the only Brazilian institution to certify
lots and monitor specialty coffee quality control seals, with
comprehensive tracking via individual numbering, which can be consulted
by the consumer through the site (www.bsca.com.br).
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve
livelihoods by promoting and evaluating the implementation of the most
globally respected sustainability standards in a variety of fields.
Through RA-Cert, the Rainforest Alliance's auditing division, we provide
our forestry, agriculture and carbon/climate clients with independent
and transparent verification, validation and certification services
based on these standards, which are designed to generate ecological,
social and economic benefits.
UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities
for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables
farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and
take better care of their children and the environment.
Through the UTZ-program farmers grow better crops, generate more
income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the
environment and securing the earth’s natural resources. Now and in the