Revolver World have announced the launch of a new charitable organisation, the Revolver World Foundation. Our cooperative is proud to have over a decade of contributions to helping communities all around the world through Fairtrade premiums, but this move will see more help going to the people who need it most.
In the areas of the world where we draw upon natural resources such as coffee and tea, producer communities are often remote, rural and impoverished. The world’s finest arabica coffees are grown at altitude in countries close to the tropics, with the farming communities themselves largely organised as cooperatives.
Paul Birch, CEO said: “Our cooperative sources 97% of all its products under Fairtrade agreements, but we want to go beyond Fairtrade in terms of our outreach to communities. For this reason, we have created the Revolver World Foundation. In partnership with like-minded cooperative societies we are looking to make social change in these rural communities, predominantly in Latin America, but also Africa and Indonesia.
We have identified that one way our giving can bring significant rewards is with small interventions in public health. This will be done in the form of funding vaccines which will be for a range of disease prevention across the spectrum of known pathogens.
Nick Mathews, Revolver Foundation Chair added: “the most effective means for us to intervene is to fund the vaccines themselves. To work with medics on the ground to establish the need, and to fund these medics to administer immunisation programmes for the community. The medics themselves may be established already in the community, or in certain cases an NGO such as MSF.”
The vaccines can be for a range of disease prevention, such as Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Cholera, Pneumonia, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Polio, MMR, Meningococcal, Tetanus, Seasonal Flu and Covid-19 (when available).
John Boyle, Chair of Revolver Cooperative said: “We have promised members we would reinvest profit back into farming producers. There is no better way to do this than to invest into the health of their families.”
Revolver World Foundation is organised as a CIO – Charitable Incorporated Organisation (pending) registration with the Charity Commission. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01902 345345.