Our Values

 

"At Autocrat our foundation is built on our values, to conduct our business in a socially responsible and ethical manner. We partner with our customers to pursue sustainable growth with shared integrity, commitment and respect.”

~ Patrick Holmes, CEO

 

 

Our Sustainable Commitment

At Autocrat we are committed to doing business responsibly. We are an environmentally conscious company that shares a social vision of unparalleled quality, constant growth and innovation, the highest values and professional standards, and participation in the development of employees, customers and community.

We believe our corporate obligation is to deliver a sustainable future focused on reducing environmental, economic and social impact. Each year we strive to make a positive impact by driving efficiencies and inspiring innovation to build long-term partnerships with our valued customers.

Efforts
Impacts

Purchasing

  • Green Coffee
  • Soluble Coffee
  • Reusable Totes

Approximately 15% of our coffee purchases are fair trade certified, which guarantees farmers in developing countries receive a fair wage for their product

Energy Use

  • Gas Emissions
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • Nitrogen Oxides

Each year our greenhouse gas emissions and electrical savings average more than 94 tons, which is equivalent to planting 23 acres of trees, removing 18 cars from the road and saving 11,256 gallons of gasoline

Waste Generation

  • Commercial Solid Waste
  • Wood Waste
  • Leave & Yard Waste
  • Coffee Grounds

The commercial solid waste and coffee grounds recycled last year was nearly 3,400 tons, enough to fill more than an Olympic sized swimming pool

Recycling

  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Office Paper & Supplies
  • Steel/Iron
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Last year we recycled 6.5 tons of steel and iron, which could produce enough energy to run 14,560 - 60-watt light bulb 24 hours

Employee Safety

  • Lost Time
  • Safety Committee
  • Training Programs

Our Stretch for Safety Program with 70% voluntary participation has reduced muscular related injuries 80%

   

 

Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and Organic Certified Products

As a leading producer of coffee and tea extracts with over 100 years of experience, we understand the impact our company has on the global community. That is why it is deeply important to us to provide a selection of certified products that are Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, or Organic.

Fair Trade:

Purchasing Fair Trade coffee and tea can help farmers escape poverty. Most small-scale family farmers live in remote locations and lack access to credit, so they are vulnerable to middlemen who offer cash for their coffee at a fraction of its value. Fair Trade guarantees farmers a minimum price, and links farmers directly with importers, creating long-term sustainability. Through Fair Trade, farmers earn better incomes, allowing them to hold on to their land and invest in quality.

Rainforest Alliance:

The Rainforest Alliance uses the power of markets to arrest the major drivers of deforestation and environmental destruction: timber extraction, agricultural expansion, cattle ranching and tourism. They work to ensure millions of acres of working forests, farms, ranchlands and hotel properties are managed according to rigorous sustainability standards. By linking those businesses to conscientious consumers, who identify their goods and services through the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal and Rainforest Alliance Verified mark, it demonstrates that sustainable practices can help businesses thrive in the modern economy.

Organic

Organic coffee is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic farmers abide by the law.

Community and Corporate Giving

Autocrat and its employees work hard to make a difference in the communities where we work, live and conduct business. As a responsible corporation we offer support to numerous charitable organizations, including:

Nationally:

Locally:

American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
Coffee Kids
Epilepsy Foundation
Goodwill Industries
The Tomorrow Fund
United Way

American Red Cross RI Chapter
Amos House
Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland - Lincoln
Lincoln Friends of Animals
Meals on Wheels
RI Food Bank
St. Mary's Home for Children
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School