Have you ever wondered if slavery is involved in the production of the coffee or tea that you drink? The product lines of many products involve several steps from start to finish. How can we be assured that our favorite hot beverage is slave free?
Digging around on a website may reveal the information - or lack thereof - about policies and procedures a company follows to prevent trafficking in their products. At other times, a simple email to the company may result in the information you seek.
Wes Herman, CEO of Woods Coffee, answered my email query about the status of their coffee with an almost immediate reply. Regarding their coffee he said, "We establish relationship directly with the farmers and know their practices and yes, these farmers are all slave-free operations. As for other products, we make all our own food and buy misc products from various U.S. suppliers who have long standing reputations of slave-free practices."
Wes also said he would check on the status of the teas they purchase from Spice Hut and within 24 hours he relayed this statement from Spice Hut, "Thank you for the email, you can assure your customer that Spice Hut does not and will not do business with estates, gardens, farmers, brokers, or suppliers who do not comply with Fair Trade Policies. Many of our suppliers carry certified accreditation from agencies such as Fairtrade, and Rainforest Alliance and other such agencies dedicated to safe labor practices, community development and support for sustainable farming practices in growing regions."
In addition to ensuring slave-free products, Woods Coffee is also a strong supporter of Engedi Refuge Ministries and Rebound of Whatcom County. We salute Woods for working to make a difference both locally and globally!
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/
Costco has a strong policy statement regarding human trafficking . Click HERE to learn about their policies and procedures and how they evaluate supplier compliance.
What: Freedom Sunday 2018
When: September 23, 2018, all three services: 9:00am, 11:00 am, 6:30 pm
Where: North County Christ the King
What: Stand Against Slavery, a night of Worship and Prayer as we take a united stand with other believers in the fight against sexual exploitation. Sponsored by Engedi Refuge Ministries.
When: October 7, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: New Song Church, 4600 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA
What: Hope4Justice Quarterly Public Meeting
When: October 16, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: Engedi Refuge Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA
Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. We'd love to have you join us!
See details in the "Happenings in Whatcom County" section.
Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left