Global Coffee Platform

Posted in Global, Responsibility, Single crop.


General Information

Crop: Coffee

Geographic scope: Global

Active Countries: Guatemala, Costa Rica, Malawi, Rwanda, Laos, El Salvador, Mexico, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Isle of Man, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Burundi, Tanzania, Madagascar, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papa New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, USA, Colombia, Brazil, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Ivory Coast

Initiated in 2006

The Global Coffee Platform is an inclusive multi-stakeholder platform, which uses a diverse network of stakeholders to create a sustainable and prosperous coffee sector. It is a global platform, however the countries differ according to the type of group i.e. individual, associate, trade & industry, producers, civil society etc.

Members: Private sector (trade importers and exporters, the coffee roasters and retailers industry as well as banks), Civil society members (rainforest conservation, fair trade, pesticides), development organisations, and farmer organisations.



Lack of sustainability (thus threat of climate change, pests and disease outbreak and aging trees and farmers).

The platform was founded by 37 members of the Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C), although the platform was founded in 2006, it was not until 2016 that it was publically launched. The platform intends to work together under a common vision and commitment, in order enhance resilience and the livelihoods of coffee farming communities.


Intentions and aspiration

To drive collective impact of sustainable coffee communities, through facilitating global/national agendas.

The platform intends to provide a framework to measure and improve sustainability performance and sets a global baseline for sustainability in coffee production and processing. The platform’s has three core functions: (i) To create a homogenous platform that provides a common vision, acting on national priorities with governments (ii) To aim for the adoption of a minimum requirement of sustainability for the whole sector. This enables a level playing field for reporting and measuring improvements called the Baseline Common Code (iii) To provide the coffee sector with The Global Progress Framework allowing efforts to be reported and measured.


Arrangements and capacitities

The GCP’s board entails representatives of producers, traders and civil society and is elected by the Membership Assembly. The Secretariat, Advisory Boards and Committees overlook operational functions of the platform. Communication is available through out the platform via annual reports, web portals and Annual membership Assemblies.



Activities and outputs

The platforms main activities allows for collaboration between members in regards to: finance, identifying and coordinating technical assistance for small producers, accessing recent information, tools and sustainability practitioners, promoting gender and youth in sustainability approaches, providing detailed guidance of pest management, and offers a Climate Module. Moreover, the platform offers Coffee Assurance Services (global assurance service provider) for the verification of the Baseline Common Code, integrity, assurance and progress made in coffee.


Monitoring and evaluation

On-going, systematic monitoring towards short and medium term outcome indicators is completed to access the impact of Entry-level Standard on farmers and workers. The 4C Association published their first report in 2014 to provide an overview of the achievements/ challenges faced in other key experiences (Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya and Vietnam).


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