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Impact Report 2023

2023 was an encouraging year.

The highlight for us was definitely being recognized as Social Enterprise of the Year 2023 in the biannual President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Award (PCSEA).

Our team has shown resilience and adaptability as we moved out of Covid-19 into the new norm.

We like to thank you - our supportive partners and customers - for journeying with us, and we hope to overcome a challenging 2024 ahead.

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5% for Community

An initiative started in 2021, Foreword actively pledges 5% of our sales revenue derived from our coffee brew bags to community development projects in coffee growing regions in Asia. This is our way of creating a circular value chain in support of a more equitable value chain.

We are currently accepting community projects from coffee producers to support. Drop us an email on your project details or visit the FAQ page for more information.

Giving Waste a Second Life

One of the ways we repurpose waste is by turning discarded milk bottles and caps into beautiful and functional furniture. Each set of furniture (1 table & 3 stools) consists about 200 milk bottles and caps, producted by local company Semula. They can be found at various locations, including First Story (flagship cafe), 64 Club Street and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Other furniture are also consciously chosen based on the materials. Some of those include recycled plastic and organic wood fibre, while others are made of cardboard. 

Reducing Disposable Waste

We practice responsible consumption by choosing lid-free Biopak cups to serve coffees for takeaways. All of our single-use cups and utensils are made from renewable resources (e.g. PLA and PHA) and FSC-certified paper.

Bagasse straws, made of sugarcane pulp, replaces the use of plastic straws at our cafes. Read more about how we came to the decision here.

Reducing disposable cups

Bring Your Own Cup

We encourage the Bring Your Own (BYO) movement by providing incentives for customers at all cafe locations.

Caring for the environment is but one of the three pillars of sustainability we practice. Learn about our other two pillars of hiring inclusively and the importance of transparency in the coffee chain here.

The Enabling Mark (Platinum)

Foreword is one of six recipients of the Enabling Mark (Platinum) award in the inaugural Enabling Mark Awards 2021, organised by SG Enable.

The Enabling Mark is a national-level accreditation framework by SG Enable that benchmarks and recognises organisations for their best practices and outcomes in disability-inclusive employment.

This award affirms our efforts in creating an inclusive work environment with our employees with disabilities and the importance of inclusivity as part of our culture.

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