SUSTAINEO was founded 2011 to bring attention to the role of smallholder farmers in the context of raw material supply, and to raise awareness about the inadequate living conditions in rural production areas. Through close collaboration, SUSTAINEO developed approaches on how to efficiently support smallholder farmers in the raw material sectors coffee, cocoa, and cotton, conducted critical studies and established practical guidelines for those interested, and participated actively in political dialogue.
Since the establishment of SUSTAINEO, an increased number of spaces for dialogue and projects have formed, bringing together private economy, politics, and donors. Goal of these spaces (in cocoa “CocoaAction” and “Kakao-Forum”, in cotton the “Textilbündnis”, and in coffee “IDH-4C-ICO”) is to sustainably shape and advance the various raw material sectors. This work is most welcome and continues the idea of a wider sector collaboration and dialogue behind SUSTAINEO.
The active collaboration of the foundations under the name SUSTAINEO will be reduced from 2014 because of the previously described developments. A regular specialist exchange, however, will be maintained. The individual participation in the aforementioned spaces is viewed as the most effective approach to implement the values complied through SUSTAINEO. Politics, industry, and development organizations have the responsibility to manage the various spaces in a successful and goal-oriented manner. The foundations Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, AbTF, and JF will diligently support the initiatives.
The studies and publications SUSTAINEO developed can be downloaded from this website.