Global Reference

The Baseline Common Code is a set of principles and practices that serve to pave the way in the understanding and implementation of sustainability in coffee production and processing.  In its path to becoming a global reference for the coffee sector, it aims to underpin national sustainability strategies and can be taken up by other actors at both national and international levels as well as to measure performance within the Global Progress Framework.

The Baseline Common Code can be used in a variety of ways by different stakeholders. It can:

  • Be operated as the 4C Code by Coffee Assurance Services or as a baseline equivalency by other accredited operators. For example sustainability standards like Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade International or UTZ, government standards like Certifica Minas Brazil, implementers or many others.
  • Be operationalized and integrated into national strategies. For example in the practices as specified in National Sustainability Curricula


Juan Isaza
Code Manager