Sustainable Sourcing
Olga L Cuellar G

“When thinking about sustainability, there needs to be a holistic approach and consideration for how the action will have an effect both now and in the future. Protecting the profitability of the business is key, but it needs to be balanced with the impact on resources — which can range from water and land to a viable workforce.”

Olga L Cuellar G, Manager for Sustainable Sourcing

Key Initiatives/Projects

  • Managing 17 projects in six countries which directly impact 4,500 farmers
  • Providing producers the tools they need to achieve sustainability
  • Working closely with the commodities team to buy coffee that meets the requirements of the S&D sustainable sourcing platform

A native of a small coffee-producing town in Colombia, Cuellar earned a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Arizona and wrote her thesis on the role of women in coffee production in Colombia’s Cauca region. In addition to being trilingual and a licensed Q-Grader, Cuellar brings more than a decade of experience in the coffee industry. She was most recently employed by a specialty-grade green coffee importer where she worked to establish key alliances and partnerships with producers, suppliers, customers and other organizations, such as NGOs, foundations and governments, to support a sustainable model and indirectly impact sales growth.

In her role at S&D, Cuellar will continue to develop relationships to encourage environmentally conscious performance and ethical conduct within the supplier base — building long-term sustainability.

 

Working with S&D Coffee & Tea’s sustainability team, Olga L Cuellar G manages S&D’s sustainable sourcing initiatives in Central and South America, specifically Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru.

For each origin project, she works with strategic partners to ensure timely implementation and with the S&D commodities team to meet benchmarks that support the overall supply chain strategy.