Business Icons Article by Mark Martin

 

By Arkansas’ Secretary of State, Mark MartinCarry
Is it possible for a corporation to do well by doing good, to make a profit
through enterprise engineered to alleviate poverty? Arkansas-based Westrock Coffee Company is doing just that.

With it’s roasting and packing facility in North Little Rock, origin and export operations in Rwanda and Tanzania, and trading desks in Europe, the Westrock Coffee Company is truly an international business. Yet the focus has always been on its people. “Our company is based on the foundational belief that the free market system of open, competitive trade is the only system that offers sustainable economic hope – along with personal dignity – to those most deeply mired in poverty,” states co-founder Scott Ford.


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