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My colleagues and I have just returned from the annual World of Coffee event in Dublin organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE). The event hosted over 10,000 participants from all across the coffee value chain including traders, wholesalers, coffee machinery vendors, producers, government representatives, and others. Interestingly enough, Oikocredit was the only social lender present at this event.
Last year Oikocredit signed the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change as part of the UN’s climate summit in New York. This was just a small step to show that we’re serious about acting on climate change. Now, one year on, the UN’s climate conference, COP21, begins in Paris today. Since signing the statement, we’ve been doing more as an organization to combat the effects of climate change (although we must acknowledge that on a global scale Oikocredit’s influence is limited) and have been following what others are doing around the world as well.