VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - Doi Chaang Coffee Company was shortlisted in the top 10 Small & Medium Sized Enterprises and was the only Canadian Company to be recognized at the WBDA, held June 19th in Rio de Janeiro at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
These awards given by the International Business Leaders Forum, the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Development Program are recognition of the crucial role the private sector plays in achieving the millennium goals: eight internationally-agreed targets to reduce poverty and environmental degradation and improve education, health conditions and gender equality by 2015.
The international judging panel reviewed 115 entries from 38 separate countries to select the top companies delivering inclusive business models that are sustainable and commercially-viable while expanding access for low-income people to goods and services, or improving their livelihoods by engagement in value chains as direct employees, suppliers or distributors, while also generating sales and profit growth.
"We are truly honoured and appreciative of this recognition," said John Darch, Chairman and founder of Doi Chaang Coffee Company. "By recognizing companies in the private sector for their innovative and sustainable business practices, the WBDA are bringing awareness to the vital role we play in achieving the MDGs as well as hopefully encouraging more companies to
embrace social responsibility as a necessary yet viable approach to business development."
This is the third major international recognition for Doi Chaang Coffee Company within the past 5 months. In May 2012 Doi Chaang Coffee Company received the "Company of the Year" award from the Thai Canada Chamber of Commerce and in November 2011 Doi Chaang Coffee won 3rd Place for "One Village One Brand" by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
Doi Chaang Coffee Company continues to receive much international attention due to its innovative Beyond Fair Trade relationship between the Northern Thailand's indigenous Akha hill tribe and the Canadian family run company. In addition to its commitment to environmental sustainability, the growers are paid above Fair Trade prices for the green beans and keep 100% of the proceeds from the green beans they sell within the Asian market. In addition, the growers were gifted a 50% registered ownership in the Canadian company.