The REWE Group is formulating clear requirements for suppliers with the goal of improving conditions for people and the environment throughout its supply chain. These requirements are based on respect for human rights, compliance with labour and social standards and protecting the environment. For example, all suppliers for REWE Group brands are required to supply coffee that meets Rainforest Alliance/UTZ, Fairtrade or organic certification criteria. In addition to respecting human rights in the production process, Fairtrade also sets minimum prices that ensure that farmers receive a worthwhile income and are able to plan with confidence for the next growing season. In addition, the REWE Group has developed local partnerships, such as the Valle de Incahuasi coffee cooperative in Peru, where 475 farmers grow coffee for REWE’s Feine Welt brand. The plants are grown organically in a controlled manner so as to not overtax the fragile ecosystem of the Andes. The cooperative has also been conducting training courses for farmers since 2018, covering issues such as organic methods for preventing diseases in the coffee crop.