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Acción Social: A Colombian government social development organisation. Additional information available at:

ACDI/VOCA: A private, non-profit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. Offering a comprehensive range of technical assistance services, ACDI/VOCA addresses the most pressing and intractable development problems. For additional information please visit:

AluCycle™ Initiative: The Nespresso AluCycle™ Initiative has two main components. The first of these will be to work with the industry to ensure best practices in the production and refining of the aluminium used to make the Nespresso capsules. The second is to establish effective capsule retrieval systems on a market-by-market basis.

Biodiversity: The number and variety of organisms found within a specified geographic region.

Cafexport: Swiss coffee importer, supplying directly to Nespresso.

CATIE: An international institution focusing on research and graduate education in the agricultural sciences and natural resources, and on environmental aspects related to both. Its mission is to benefit humanity through the application of knowledge, experiences and technologies in order to stimulate development, conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources in the American tropics. Additional information available at:

CO2 emissions: Carbon dioxide that is emitted naturally through the carbon cycle and through human activities like the burning of fossil fuels.

Ecolaboration™: Ecolaboration™ is a platform to work together with our partners to protect the future of our Grands Crus for coffee-lovers worldwide and manage the social and environmental impacts of our business, while improving the lives of coffee farmers and their communities.

Ecointesys: Specializes in creating integrated quality-environmental-security systems. Additional information available at:

ECOM: Coffee supplier. Additional information available at:

Ecosystem: An ecosystem is a natural unit consisting of all plants, animals and micro-organisms (biotic factors) in an area functioning together with all of the non-living physical (abiotic) factors of the environment.

Efico: A Belgian green coffee and cocoa merchant with operational offices in Switzerland, Germany, Guatemala, France and Ethiopia.

European Energy Using Products Directive (EuP): Provides coherent EU-wide rules for eco-design and ensures that disparities among national regulations do not become obstacles to intra-EU trade.

Expocafé: Colombian coffee exporter.

Grands Crus: Nespresso wide range of coffees each with a unique taste profile and aroma.

Green coffee: Coffee that has been processed, but remains un-roasted.

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