Target 1. Carbon Neutral Operations.
The Carbon Neutral Certification achieved in 2020 – the first in Uganda – will be sustained, with attention to carbon footprint and emissions management in the design and construction of the new RSTC premises, and the expansion and monitoring of carbon emissions in all operations, production and shipping practices. RSTC will seek opportunities and new investment in formal offset partnerships as part of Tier 2 and 3 supply chain monitoring of major customers. Grant funding and collaboration with government and others will be sought for training, capacity development.
Bird friendly coffee and cocoa may link us to better practices affirmed by new types of committed, caring customers and be part of addressing the biggest issues around: global warming and carbon offsets.
RSTC is pioneering new levels of assurance on climate and conservation: – first in its own operations. RSTC is the only social enterprise in Uganda to have achieved UN status Carbon Neutral Operations and has gained Carbon Neutral Certification through RSTC passing the UN Carbon Neutral criteria.
To become a signatory to the United Nations Climate Neutral Now Initiative, the RSTC has calculated and disclosed its own carbon footprint, including international air travel. The technical support of One Carbon World, has helped the RSTC to offset its current emissions and identify the areas it will to continue to measure, reduce and balance in future.
Target 2. Good Agricultural and Raw Materials Practices.
The RSTC will continue its emphasis in its work with all commodity co-operatives and the sustainability of the vital inputs sourced for hand-made craft production.
Target 3. Bird Friendly Cocoa and Coffee.
The RSTC will build a coalition which supports the definition and application of bird friendly production standards in the activities of all of the co-operatives it represents through to certification of coffee and cocoa offered as bird friendly. The expediting of organic certification by all cooperatives will be pursued.
Source: RSTC Strategy Statement 2020