Darboven is taking it on
As a family business, we have always felt obliged to practice and preserve values. Fairness and social responsibility have been part of our corporate identity from the very beginning. While J.J. Darboven is associated with first class products and personal service in the public eye, our ecological and social commitments are less well known to many. We want to change this with insights into our daily, sustainable actions. We are therefore publishing our Sustainability Report for the year 2017 here.
We took on a pioneering role in the field of sustainability at an early stage and continued to develop further; in 2017 we also formed an interdisciplinary sustainability project group and appointed a Sustainability Officer - another milestone in our history of sustainable trading. With our sustainability report, we would like to show you even more clearly what makes the family-owned company J.J. Darboven special and which quality standards we apply to our products - for example, when we trace the path of our coffee beans.
The H.E.L.P. initiative benefits Central American coffee producers: During its anniversary year, J.J. Darboven launched a long-term support project for coffee farmers in Honduras. Coffee is traditionally grown in the Santa Barbara region. 250 small farmers benefit from financing offers and receive professional help for production planning and coffee cultivation from H.E.L.P. J.J. Darboven employees regularly check the progress on site. The aim is to achieve sustainable profitability and thus a better quality of life for coffee farmers and their families.
The Hamburg coffee roaster Albert Darboven has been awarding the Darboven IDEE Sponsorship Prize since 1997. The prize is the only national award for innovative ideas for business start-ups by women. The founder's conclusion after 20 years: "I am always enthusiastic about the high entrepreneurial potential of women, which is not promoted enough."; By awarding the renowned prize, Albert Darboven wants to send out a signal and encourage women to take the step towards entrepreneurial independence.
The Darboven name is known to many sports enthusiasts. The company is particularly strongly represented in equestrian sports, for example J.J. Darboven presents Germany's oldest equestrian tournament, the German Show Jumping and Dressage Derby in Hamburg-Klein Flottbek. The company has been involved in the IDEE German Derby in Hamburg-Horn for many years and acts as title sponsor. Besides these big tournaments in Hamburg, J.J. Darboven can also be found at numerous other equestrian events all over Germany in Munich, Leipzig, and Warendorf, among other places. The annual J.J. Darboven Association Initiative promotes smaller associations and their voluntary involvement. The the corporate group’s involvement can also be also witnessed internationally. The Polish subsidiary, for example, maintains an equestrian academy.
Our sporting involvement is not limited to equestrian sports: Through our Café Intención brand, J.J. Darboven is the official supplier to HSV and to regular players of FC St. Pauli’s 1st team. The company also promotes the sporting activities of its employees.
"Strangers are friends that we haven’t met yet." This wise phrase is becoming increasingly important in a globalised world. In addition, it sums up the core idea behind the Kulturbrücke Hamburg e.V.: The association wants to break down prejudices against migrants and promote dialogue between children and young people. As a supporter of "Switch - Around the world in 4 days”, Darboven helps to facilitate intercultural exchange. As part of the project, children spend four days meeting peers of different origins and getting to know their families and traditions. Not only is this fun but it also builds the foundations for tolerance and promotes an understanding of otherness.
Since the beginning of 2015, the Ronald McDonald House with Oasis in Hamburg-Altona has opened its doors to parents of seriously ill children directly at the Altona Children's Hospital. With 11 apartments, it offers around 250 families a temporary home every year.
The second Ronald McDonald House in Hamburg also stands out as a very special building: It has an integrated oasis for families whose children need outpatient treatment. The parents' house was planned in such a way that the common areas, such as the kitchen, living room, and playroom, can also be used by outpatients and their relatives as a retreat during the day. This additional benefit for the clinic’s patients is made possible by the location directly on the clinic building. The Ronald McDonald House with Oasis in Hamburg-Altona extends over approximately 750 m² on the first floor and roof terrace above the cafeteria of the Altona Children's Hospital. The short distances to the children's treatment rooms and sickrooms allow the parents to provide their little heroes with healing proximity.
J.J. Darboven supports the Hamburg-Altona Ronald McDonald House with Oasis with a sponsorship for the roof terrace. The parents and siblings can relax here, escaping everyday hospital life and engaging with other families. In addition, J.J. Darboven generously supports the oasis with coffee, tea, and cocoa, so that the families find a home for a time.
J.J. Darboven donates bronze sculptures steeped in history to Brooksbrücke bridge
In the 19th century, Hamburg merchants stored their goods duty-free in the warehouse district - including large quantities of coffee. The Brooksbrücke bridge, which has connected the old town with the harbour island of Kehrwieder since 1888, was once the main access to this huge warehouse complex.
Albert Darboven also crosses the bridge every day on his way to the company headquarters in Billbrook. The symbolic character of the building led the company director to take over its sponsorship in 2003. In this capacity he financed the restoration of the four bronze sculptures supporting the Brooksbrücke bridge. These are figures that symbolise the importance of the bridge for the city of Hamburg: At the northern end we find Hammona, the patron saint of the city, as well as Europa, who represents solidarity with European neighbours. At the southern bridgehead, images of the religious founders St. Ansgar and Barbarossa, the pioneers of free trade in the Hanseatic city, are on watch.