Non-Profit Social Purpose
Skylark is the only 100 percent non-profit, 100 percent transparent specialty coffee brand in the world.
But what does this mean? We operate like any other roastery in that we buy and roast the best coffee we possibly can and sell it to cafes and consumers, but at the end of the year, we give away all the profits. We're a registered non-profit organisation... Not a B Corp, not a social enterprise, not a CIC.
We're also completely open source with our financials. We think skepticism about ethical claims is warranted, so instead of asking you to trust us, you can see what we do with the money for yourself and provide feedback if you like!
Ultimately, we started Skylark to be the most ethical coffee roasterie possible. We don't have it all figured out AT ALL, but that's what we're aiming for every day and improving towards every year. We don't exist to make money.
The biggest problem in the coffee supply chain is that roasters have always made the lion's share of profit while coffee farmers and cafes struggle. We've decided to give all our profits away to charities working on key local problems, whilst working to change those fundamental power dynamics.
Who are our benficiaries?
- Knepp Wildland Foundation is a key environmental charity in the Southeast leading the way on rewilding, conservation and climate change.
- The Stumping Project, operated by the NGO Technoserve, is an African project helping Ethiopian coffee farmers regenerate their coffee trees for sustainable harvests for years to come.
- Pro Baristas is a charity project focussed on unemployment in Sussex, especially among young people, while training them for coffee jobs. It's also one of our sibling charity projects under our umbrella!
You can read more about how we support these projects and more in our annual transparency report! If you'd like to support us and our beneficiaries, check out our shop! We have a pretty top-notch assortment if we do say so. If you want to get in touch about anything related to our social purpose, email email@example.com