Building Better Business explores how we can all take a step towards creating a more sustainable and socially conscious world through enterprise. Hear John Steel CEO of Cafédirect talk to those leading the way and uncover how business can be an instrument for positive change for shared and durable prosperity.
Getting creative on waste, Kresse Wesling, Elvis & Kresse
Kresse Wesling is an environmental entrepreneur that set up Elvis & Kresse – a company that makes gorgeous luxury accessories from reclaimed materials.
Kresse inspires us to think about the huge potential of the waste that normally goes into landfill, and how we can make something truly special out of it.
We get Kresse’s thoughts on what solutions are needed to tackle waste, one of the biggest environmental challenges we face, and hear about the remarkable regenerative agriculture project that she is undertaking.
Fighting slavery through good business, Ben Greensmith, Tony’s Chocolonely
Child-labour and slavery in the cocoa industry is rife but Tony’s Chocolonely uses its delicious tasting chocolate and its different business model to make change across the industry.
Ben Greensmith started his career in food and drink over 20 years ago, and he has grown brands including Innocent and Proper Snacks and now as UK Country Manager at the sixth biggest chocolate brand in the UK, Tony’s Chocolonely.
Ben tells us who are the culprits, what Tony’s Chocolonely is doing to change consumers’ habits and industry practice, and how their how their sourcing principles are helping other businesses.
Turning passion into business, Jenny Costa founder of Rubies in the Rubble
Jenny Costa founder of Rubies in the Rubble, a sustainable condiments brand that uses surplus fruit and vegetables, joins John this week.
Jenny started the business through her passion for avoiding food waste and desire to tackle the enormous problem that it poses globally. Food production and waste is a huge contributor to climate change, and Jenny saw a situation so wrong that she wanted to make change.
Here is her story on how she started Rubies in the Rubble and how she grew it into the successful business it is today.
Why Fairtrade is important for all of us, Mike Gidney, CEO Fairtrade Foundation
Fairtrade works to provide worker’s rights, safer working conditions and fairer pay to farmers and workers who are marginalised from trade in various ways. Trade on favourable terms strengthens economies by improving livelihoods and communities, and helps farmers adapt to and mitigate against climate change.
Mike explains how working closely with producers and leveraging these relationships has incredible advantages for a business.
People make the world go round, James Rutter, COOK
COOK is a hugely impressive company. Caring about people is in their DNA and they’re always coming up with new ways to help the people in their communities and see the potential in their staff.
The hand-made frozen food company has been ranked in the top 100 Best Companies To Work For every year since 2013 and Chief Creative Officer, James Rutter, shares how being people focused has been their recipe for success.
The bitter story behind tea, Andrew Ethuru, Kenyan tea farmer
Andrew Ethuru, Kenyan tea farmer and former Cafédirect Board Director
Andrew gives us insights into where our tea comes from and why buying ethical tea that pays a fair price to farmers is vital in ensuring its future. We discuss how tea prices and climate change are the biggest challenges faced by tea farmers, which can only be combated collectively.
Andrew recalls his time as a Director on the Cafédirect Board and how his farming experience was valuable in shaping the business.
Hear his accounts of some of Cafédirect’s producer support programmes that worked alongside tea co-operatives to strengthen their businesses.