Target: 300,000 Participants
in UCC's Sustainability Education Activities

  1. CHAPTER 01Online Seminars

  2. CHAPTER 02Educational Materials for Schools

"Juntos!! Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Exchange Program"
promoted by MOFA Implementation agency: Japan International Cooperation Center(JICE)

Each and every coffee bean undergoes a transformation
as it travels through various processes from country of origin to cup.

Because the process of creating a cup of coffee is fraught with global challenges ranging
from climate change to environmental conservation and human rights,
it has even been called “a study of the Sustainable Development Goals in miniature”.

The UCC group is using these challenges as an opportunity to educate people and get them to think more about sustainability.
As a leader in the coffee industry, the UCC Group has been investing in next-generation educational programs
and will continue to foster dialogue with individuals and communities in the hopes that
delicious coffee will continue to be enjoyed generation after generation.

CHAPTER 01Online Seminars

Looking at the SDGs through the Lens of Coffee

Since 2021, the UCC Group has been hosting online seminars to think about the SDGs, while introducing actual initiatives UCC has taken in the world's coffee producing countries as well as in the coffee consuming country of Japan.

UCC is always looking for elementary school, junior high school, high school, and university students interested in participating in its educational activities.


  • 8,177


Results since the program began in August 2021(as of December, 2023)

Elementary School
  • Fukuizumi Elementary School
  • Koyo Elementary School
  • Shimado Elementary School
Junior High School
  • Seiryo Junior High School
  • Sakaehigashi Junior High School
  • Tanabe Junior High School
  • Matsubara fifth Junior High School
  • Uozaki Junior High School
  • Minatojima Gakuen
  • Takaoka Junior High School
  • Hiroshima Eichi Gakuen Junior High School
High School
  • Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School
  • Morioka Chuo High School
  • Tokiwa University High School
  • Sakaehigashi Senior High School
  • Seisa Gakuen High School Omiya Campus
  • Kumon Kokusai Gakuen Senior High School
  • Tokai University Sagami Senior High School
  • Hiratsuka Secondary School
  • Kariyakita High School
  • Ichimura High School
  • Nihon Fukushi University Affiliated High School
  • Kyoto Girls High School
  • Kakogawa Minami High School
  • Himeji Commercial High School
  • Hyogo High School
  • Chikushi Jogakuen High School
  • Human Campus High School
  • Edogawa University
  • Chiba Keizai University
  • Keiai University
  • Bunkyo Gakuin University
  • Tamagawa University
  • Yokohama National University
  • Shohoku College
  • Kinki University
  • Momoyama Gakuin University
  • Osaka Prefecture University
  • Mukogawa Women's University
  • Kobe College
  • Kansai University of International Studies
  • Kwansei Gakuin University
  • Konan Women’s University
  • Kobe University Graduate School
  • Kobe Gakuin University
Vocational School
  • Akahori College of Confectionery
  • Tsuji Culinary Institute
  • Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE)
  • Hyogo International Association

Participant Feedback

  • I had planned on taking my students to visit companies for a hands-on educational experience but was unable to do so due to COVID-19. When looking for some alternative option, I stumbled across the UCC homepage and applied. I was really thankful as this was the perfect option.
  • For my class fieldwork activities, each student conducts research based on their selected theme.
    One student, who was researching fair trade, said they wanted to learn more about UCC and asked me to apply, which I did.
  • I applied after receiving an introduction from a UCC employee and learning about the interesting content that was offered.
    The topics covered are also relevant to students looking for jobs, so I was excited to learn more about SDGs basics as well as about the challenges facing the coffee industry.
  • I talk about the UCC and JICA Belete-Gera Project every year in my classes and applied immediately after reading about UCC's educational efforts in the Nikkei newspaper.
    Hearing about the project from an actual company employee really helped reinforce the importance of the UN's SDGs.
  • I was able to develop a better understanding of coffee and its connection to the SDGs by hearing directly from people that had achieved so many firsts in this industry.
    They provided thoughtful answers to the questions that were asked, which made it a really meaningful experience for those who attended.
  • I discovered just how much the SDGs have been a central part of UCC's initiatives from long back. It would be great if we saw more companies taking action like UCC.
  • I thought the SDGs were primarily focused on environmental issues, but soon learned that they are intricately connected to social and economic problems as well.
  • At first, I didn't really understand the connection between coffee and the SDGs, so I was really surprised to learn how closely they are related to issues such as labor inequality, CO2 emission reduction, and the reuse of resources.
  • After attending the seminar, I decided to deepen my understanding of the SDGs. It also gave me hope that people around Japan and the world would recognize the importance of the SDGs, as well as the issues facing us today, and come together as one to advance solutions to the challenges we face.
  • The lecture featured quizzes and more, which made it really fun to attend and think about the questions posed.
  • I don't drink coffee, so I knew practically nothing about it. Thanks to this seminar I was able to have fun and learn about coffee at the same time. It was a great experience.

UCC Coffee Academy also holds an SDGs seminar for the general public on "Thinking about the SDGs through Coffee."

CHAPTER 02Educational Materials for Schools

Thinking about Sustainable Development from the Relationship between Japan and Coffee-producing Countries

Since 2013, the UCC Group has been providing educational materials intended to deepen students' understanding of sustainable development by looking at topics concerning environmental conservation and development in Brazil's coffee industry. These materials have been distributed across a wide range of subjects from junior high school geography and ethics classes to high school classes on modern society and more.

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