Costa Coffee has been awarded the title of ‘Most Ethical Brand’ in Europe at the annual Allegra Coffee Symposium.
Over 500 trade professionals across the coffee sector voted for the award, however, Costa topped the listed for its sustainability programme called ‘Force For Good.’
The judges highlighted the opening of Costa's sustainable Roastery in Basildon in Essex, and the launch of a cup recycling scheme in all its UK stores which recovers and recycles takeaway paper cups.
The coffee giant was also praised for its WISE programme, which offers self-improvement and personal development opportunities, and the Costa Foundation which helps coffee-growing communities through education schemes.
When collecting the award, Sandy Gourlay, Costa Charity and Community Manager said: ‘This award is incredible recognition for all the work that our teams are doing all over the world to make a positive difference to the environment, and communities near and far’.
Allegra’s European Coffee Symposium offers industry insight from top executives across the coffee shop, food-to-go, and foodservice landscape.
The ethics award was collected by members of the Costa team at a ceremony in Warsaw.