W.R. Carpenters Group was started in 1914 in Sydney, Australia. The company traded cocoa initially and then eventually expanded into other commodities including coffee. Sigri Estate was established in 1950. The social side of WRC is to run a school as well as a link to an HIV/Aids project run with the Asian Development Bank. The Company also provides various welfare and social services to employees. The plantations are located in the Waghi Valley, Western Highlands Province at approximately 1600 m. where they enjoy a cool climate with bountiful rainfall which is perfect for the exclusively planted Typica, being the best suited variety to Papua New Guinea.