SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTREPRENEURS
Britt and its Britt Shop division support our artisans with training programs and craft fair sponsorships. Though our company, many small and medium-sized Costa Rican craftsmen and women export their products to many countries abroad.
- We’ve worked with the National Learning Institute (INA) to train nearly 800 artisans nationwide in workshops presented by Britt Brands personnel.
- Britt has provided support and training for such respected artisan groups as the Artisans Cooperative of Heredia and the Costa Rica Creative Association. We also help some of the country’s well-known artisans promote their artwork.
- Since 1997 we’ve worked with the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) to carry out the Artisan Improvement Program. The effort has helped a group of artisans improve their products using design suggestions and guidance from university-level Industrial Design students.
Britt and its Britt Brands division work with small and medium-sized coffee growers to encourage best practices in areas such as:
- The High Quality Program, which fosters a culture of quality in coffee production,as well as social and environmental responsibility. The program encourages constant improvement via a cooperative relationship among growers, millers and Britt.
- The above-market prices that Britt Brands pays our growers for their coffee. As a country of origin roaster, this business model contributes to the economic self sufficiency of our small and medium-sized producers.
- Technical support and assistance programs for small and medium-sized coffee growers. We visit them often.
Britt helps its suppliers develop and grow stronger by offering an alternative financing option through the Central American Economic Integration Bank (BCIE) called “Central American Chains of Production.”
The program allows our suppliers to use the Internet to quickly and securely cash in their invoices to Britt Brands Costa Rica and receive credit within 24 hours.