Atlas Actions for Racial Justice

By: Atlas Staff

Aug 5, 2022

Originally published on 6/26/20.

Please read our complete statement here.

Moving forward, we will use this space to provide updates about the follow-up to our commitments. We understand that our words are only as valuable as our actions. Therefore, we intend to make substantive changes in our behavior, our practices, and how we support our broader community to contribute to meaningful solutions to systemic racial inequality. We commit to:

  • To examine our own implicit biases and how they impact our practices and processes.
  • To contribute our time and money to organizations working to correct injustice, end violence, and provide opportunities to Black people and people of color.
  • To be accountable to ourselves and our coffee community to share our progress.

To start, we have reflected internally on our actions and considered our sphere of influence. Each small team at Atlas met to discuss our thoughts and hopes about racial equity at our company and in the specialty coffee industry, and we then formed a working group and sub-groups to make progress on the following actions:

  • Internal education such as implicit bias and anti-racism training. We're currently engaged in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training.
  • External education for coffee professionals, including the role of colonialism on supply chains
  • Increasing representation and amplifying BIPOC coffee professionals' voices by providing development opportunities and partnering with organizations already working to promote racial equity in specialty coffee.
    • We're proud of Atlas Green Sales Representative Tymika Lawrence's work as a Founding Board Member of the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity. 
    • Our work and values are supported by our global partners within the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG). The NKG Partnership to Advance Coffee Equity (NKG PACE), created in close cooperation with the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity, was announced in June 2021 and launched in May 2022. NKG PACE is a world-class training program offering members of the Black community — a group that experiences the largest gap in employment and decision-making roles in the US coffee industry — opportunities to become green-coffee quality specialists. The first cohort of NKG PACE Partners are currently living, learning, and working in QC--Porttia Portis is part of our team at our office in Seattle, Charles Umeano is working for NGUS in Hoboken, and Jayy Terrell joined the group at InterAmerican Coffee in San Diego.
    • As a sponsor of Glitter Cat Barista, we support their anti-racism commitments and Business Accountability Project.
  • Other ongoing efforts include an internal "Racial Equity Multi-Media Club," community service projects, and work to support our BIPOC roaster clients further.

Here are some of the things that we are reading, watching, and listening to now to learn from and support Black voices in specialty coffee:

Here are some ways that you can support Black voices in specialty coffee:

Please share your feedback and recommendations with communications.atlas@nkg.coffee.