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    Cooperative Coffees Canada / Coopérative de Solidarité du Café Equitable (Coop Sol) is a solidarity cooperative based in Montreal, QC and intricately linked to its sister co-op - Cooperative Coffees, located in Americus, GA. It is a voluntary association offering communication and promotional services associated to fair trade goods, practices and quality related issues. These services are provided to the members of Cooperative Coffees, its Southern producer partners, and its support members.

    The co-op itself is comprised of individuals, organizations, and businesses with a like-minded objective to deepen Fair Trade and the relationships that it helps sustain.

    On the administrative side of things, we are a tri-lingual office and serve as a communications center between Cooperative Coffees and Producer Partners, facilitating the planning and logistics of our coffee contracts, verifying that quality standards are met and offering feedback to producers. We also help circulate producer information to Cooperative Coffees roaster members, either directly or via our website. Relating these tasks to the current Cooperative Coffees structure and organizing logic, the Canadian office will ultimately be responsible for overseeing work plans and activities stemming from the Green Committee, Communications (internal and external), Quality Control, and Special Projects.

    Cooperative Coffees Canada / Coop Sol has a mixed model, meaning that we have: User members (roasters and producers that are linked to Cooperative Coffees); Support members (Cooperative Coffees is a support member), and; Worker members.

    Structured as a solidarity cooperative, it has the following goals:
       ~ To operate and strengthen a socially responsible business in the field of fair trade goods;

       ~ To contribute to the economic prosperity of its members;

       ~ To continually improve the quality of our relationships and of the fair trade products and services we provide;

       ~ To assure continuity and congruency with our values for social justice throughout our trading links “from the seed to the finished cup”;

       ~ To provide a forum where the producer voice can be included in a formal and intentional way

    Basic Functions

    Cooperative Coffees Canada / Coop Sol's mandate is to help Cooperative Coffees foster strong producer relationships, in order to import Fair Trade and organic coffee in accordance with mission and values. The coop provides excellent communication, it promotes among members and affiliates, and it manages the logistics and mechanics of the importation process in tandem with Cooperative Coffees.

    Cooperative Coffees Canada / Coop Sol Staff

    Cooperative Coffees staff is shared between our two offices, our main office in Americus, and our Canadian office in Montreal. These are the folks that make the day to day operations of this organization possible. Learn more about Cooperative Coffees staff on their website.

    by Shannon Ripley