ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY

Malongo’s environmental liability applies to the entire coffee production process, flow and to all its sites throughout the world.

ISO 14001 Environmental certification

Malongo chose to apply for an ISO 14001 certification in 2008 in order to validate its environmental policy, therefore aiming to receive an official accreditation and agreeing to submit its policy to evaluation against an external reference. This environmental policy was first implemented during the 1990s, covering both statutory (compliance with regulations) and normative (labeling, certification) aspects as well as other aspects in line with a proactive approach (precautionary principle, environmental liability). A summary of this environmental policy is accessible through this link.

 

Monitoring consumption and emission rates during the industrial process

Malongo regularly monitors its consumption (electricity, gas, water) and emission (waste, roastery smoke pollution, noise pollution) rates in order to provide indicators and set annual objectives in terms of reducing these rates. These goals also involve control measures as well as preventive maintenance measures.

 

Sorting and recycling waste

Waste is produced by Malongo’s industrial site (hessian, plastic, cardboard…) and its offices (computers, consumables…). Almost fifteen recycling systems have been set up in the last 15 years. Six of these belong to the Indus’tri program, a joint waste management program for the Carros-Le-Broc industrial area, which started in 2003 in collaboration with the local authorities and other industries established in the same area. An internal report is published each month, aiming to attain a fixed annual objective of 15% final waste (16.3% in 2007).

 

Global impact awareness

Malongo has been implementing a Lifecycle Analysis approach in order to develop objective criteria that will enable the company to adequately orient its innovation policies. Malongo is thus one of the first businesses within the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region to have undergone a Carbone assessment in 2005. Two Lifecycle Analyses were also performed internally, one regarding its machine, which targets the general public, and the other regarding the product’s packaging.

 

Optimized packaging

Together with its suppliers, Malongo continuously strives to optimize its products’ packaging. The weight of metallic tins was reduced by 12% in 2006. In terms of single-serving packaging, capsule weight was reduced by 20% and cardboard packaging weight was also reduced by 20% in 2005. By the end of 2007, Malongo stopped using UV varnish for its packaging, preferring an environmentally friendly acrylic varnish. Malongo regularly performs industrial testing procedures on new material in order to create packaging options that are both resistant and environmentally friendly.

 

Green energy

Malongo was the first business in the PACA region to have signed the "Kwh équilibre" contract issued by EDF (French electricity supply company) in 2006. Through this contract, EDF committed to producing 1 Kwh power from renewable energy sources for each kw.h consumed. This represented 21% of the total power consumption for 2006, it was 70% in 2007 and it currently represents 100% of power consumption throughout all sites in 2008 (~ 3.2 million kw.h).

 

Coffee and Biodiversity

Small coffee growing plantations, in which the technical production path is essentially based on cultivation under shade, represent the areas’ second biodiversity centers, just behind primary forests. By supporting coffee production in these plantations through fair trade, Malongo contributes to the sustained economical development of these environmentally friendly ecosystems. This in turn strengthens Malongo’s partnerships through training as well as economical and technical collaboration.