GLOBAL COFFEEPLATFORM

Local Action
Global Results

The Global Coffee Platform (GCP) is a unique multi-stakeholder membership association of coffee producers, traders, roasters and retailers, civil society, associations, governments and donors, united under a common vision to work collectively towards a thriving, sustainable coffee sector for generations to come.

GCP Members believe that sustainability is a shared responsibility to enhance farmers’ economic prosperity, improve well-being, and conservation of nature. GCP brings together coffee producers, roasters, retailers, traders, governments, associations, donors, and NGOs to multiply efforts, collectively act on local issues, and scale successful sustainability initiatives across the sector.

Together with its Members and Country Platforms in coffee- producing countries, GCP works on increasing demand and supply of sustainably produced coffee in order to ensure diversity and the viability of the coffee sector. Through a Global Team, GCP works with companies, organizations and Country Platforms in coffee producing countries to align, act and grow to ensure the future of coffee and the sector at large.

With a farmer-oriented approach, GCP strives to address the most critical sustainability challenges and contribute to greater collective impact on the livelihoods and natural environments of coffee farming communities.

Our Vision

A thriving and sustainable coffee sector
for generations to come.

Our Mission

Promote farmers’ prosperity, improved well-being and conservation of nature.

Our History

The Global Coffee Platform was born out of a need for the coffee sector to continue its pioneering role and to take a more collaborative, holistic and aligned approach to coffee sustainability with a farmer-oriented agenda. To achieve transformational change in the coffee sector, the clear need was seen for new forms of public-private collaboration and co-investments in coffee producing countries, along with gearing the different programs and initiatives towards a unified vision.

Additionally, learnings from competitive supply chain investments as well as various projects have shown a huge opportunity to achieve more impact by preventing duplication of efforts and by supporting local ownership for an enabling environment for sustainable coffee production in origin. ​

By combining and building on the achievements of the 4C Association’s expansive membership and the Sustainable Coffee Program’s programmatic activities, and the rich connections of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) representing its producing and consuming country government members, the Global Coffee Platform was formed in March 2016 ushering in a new era where sustainability is a shared responsibility. ​

Members of the Global Coffee Platform today include farmers and farmer organizations, coffee trade roasters and retailers, other supply chain actors, civil society, sustainability standards, donor agencies, financial institutions and individuals.

Supported by the GCP Team, together we address overarching and deeper sustainability challenges facing the sector including threats related to climate change, pests and disease outbreak, ageing trees and farmers.

Governance

GCP’s governance process is a multi-stakeholder structure which represents all relevant stakeholder groups directly involved in the coffee supply chain, namely producer organizations, coffee trade and industry and civil society organizations.

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GCP Board

The Board is the operational, political and strategic decision making body of the Global Coffee Platform, acting under the overall mandate and guidance established by the Membership Assembly. Its composition reflects the open, inclusive and multi-stakeholder character of the Global Coffee Platform.

The GCP Board consists of up to 16 seats filled by individuals within the GCP Membership. 13 seats are elected by the entire GCP Membership, for a 3-year term, with options for re-election: ​

4

Four Board seats
for coffee producer representatives;

2

Two seats
for trade representatives​;

4

Four seats
for coffee industry representatives (with three seats for roasters, thereof at least one representing small/ mediums sized companies, and one for retailers)​ ​

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Three seats
for Civil Society organizations.

The GCP Board guides the strategic direction of the organization and oversees and endorses the annual work plans and budgets. It comes together at least three times a year and is supported by four sub-committees: Nominations and Elections Committee, Finance Committee, HR Committee, and Technical Committee.

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Producer

Moenardji Soedargo

Individual Member

Moenardji Soedargo

Individual Member

Moenardji Soedargo is currently Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at PT Aneka Coffee Industry (ACI), one of the most reputable producers of bulk instant coffee ´liquid extract in Indonesia.

Prior to this role Moenardji served as Director of PT Prasidha Aneka Niaga (PAN) which has been an active exporter of Robusta beans through its branch unit in Bandar Lampung.

Moenardji also gained extensive experience and knowledge of the coffee sector as Chairman of the Sustainable Coffee Platform Indonesia (SCOPI) from 2015 until 2018 and as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SCOPI from 2018 until 2021.

In addition, he has been supporting GAEKI (Indonesia Coffee Exporter Association) in an advisory role since 2011 and serves as an active member of the Indonesian delegation in the International Coffee Organization (ICO) representing the Indonesian Private Sector.

Rafael Furtado Fonseca

Coomap/Brazilian Coffee Producers Council (CNC)

Rafael Furtado Fonseca

Coomap/Brazilian Coffee Producers Council (CNC)

Rafael Furtado Fonseca is Business Manager/Communication at Coomap. In this role he has worked to establish a direct link between small co-ops and international buyers. Since then direct exports have increased exponentially. He has also conducted a series of projects linked to sustainability, like improving the Quality of the Coffee produced by the co-op members, teaching English for members’ children and grandchildren, expanding growers awareness toward the importance of developing a professional approach of the coffee business and women empowerment. Rafael believes that co-ops might have a key role regarding empowering growers by means of education and fair commercialization conditions.

Dr Joseph K. Kimemia

Individual Member

Dr Joseph K. Kimemia

Individual Member

Dr. Joseph K. Kimemia is currently working with Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) as a Chief Research Officer and the Director, Planning, Performance Management and Quality Control. He holds a PhD in Crop Science from University of Nairobi, an MSc Agronomy from Andra Pradesh Agricultural University/International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and a BSC Agriculture from the University of Nairobi. He has attended many local and international courses on research and research management. 

At his present job at KALRO he is in charge of planning performance management and strategy development. He has worked at Coffee Research Foundation for over 30 years, 10 of which he was the CEO/Director of Research. Previously Dr. Kimemia had worked as a Farming Systems Agronomist in the arid and semi-arid lands of ASAL of Kenya for six years and as Agronomist for High Altitude maize program in Kenya for two years. He carried out research in farming systems for dry lands of Kenya and introduced the whole farm approach to research for the dry lands. In coffee, he focused his research on a cropping system approach in areas of intercropping, shade studies, organic production, and production systems for coffee in new areas and adaptation for climate change. He has published extensively and undertaken many consultancies nationally and internationally. He has been a board member of the African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA), Global Coffee Platform (GCP), Kenya Coffee Producers Association (KCPA) and Egaads Co. Ltd, a coffee farming company in Kenya. Dr Kimemia is a key founder member of the Kenya Coffee Platform (Sauti ya Kahawa) where he is currently the chairman. Dr. Kimemia has been decorated by the Government of Kenya with a Head of State Commendation (HSC) and Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) for his contribution to the development of the coffee sector in the country. 

Juan Esteban Orduz

National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC)

Juan Esteban Orduz

National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC)

Juan Esteban Orduz has worked in the coffee industry for the last 13 years alongside the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC).

He is the current President of the Colombian Coffee Federation, Inc. the subsidiary for North America of the FNC. As such, his experience includes international cooperation with foreign governments, donors, foundations and multilateral entities such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. Mr. Orduz has also acquired vast knowledge in international trade – the FNC is an exporter and the U.S. is the biggest coffee consuming market.

As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Mr. Orduz will make the most of his experience and networks in global coffee policy and trade.

Trade

Juan Antonio Rivas

Olam Food Ingredients (ofi), Vice-Chair of the GCP Board

Juan Antonio Rivas

Olam Food Ingredients (ofi), Vice-Chair of the GCP Board

Juan Antonio has managed coffee sourcing operations with Kraft Foods in Latin America, Asia and then worked in the supply chain organization in Europe for 4 years.

For the past 9 years he has worked for Olam International leading the Central America & Andean Region, including coffee operations in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia and Peru. He is also a member of both the Management Committee and the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Executive Committee of Olam International.

As a Board member of the Global Coffee Platform, Mr. Rivas will support the development of a more resilient coffee supply chain for the industry, developing specific activities to tackle climate change and promote research and innovation connecting coffee farmers via improved technology systems and promoting investments in new disease resistant varieties.

Industry

Matt Smith

Westrock Coffee

Matt Smith

Westrock Coffee

Matt Smith serves as an Executive Vice President, Commodities and Sustainability at Westrock Coffee, with focus in the areas of Sustainability and commodity procurement and quality assurance. In this role he has responsibility for delivering on our goal of 100% Responsibly Sourced coffee and tea by 2025, while continuing to feed our facilities based in the U.S. and Malaysia with ~150m pounds of green coffee and ~25m pounds of tea annually.

Prior to returning to work in our U.S. roasting operations he was the President and CEO of Westrock East Africa since 2018, Chief Operating Officer of Falcon Coffees Limited from 2014 through 2017, and General Manager of Rwanda Trading Company from 2009 – 2014 where he oversaw its growth from a start-up coffee exporter to a respected national player that is responsible for an incremental $100 million earned by the farmers of Rwanda.

Marcelo Burity

Nestlé SA

Marcelo Burity

Nestlé SA

Marcelo Burity is Head of Green Coffee Development for Nestlé, covering sustainability, quality and research topics.

Marcelo is a Brazilian/British national who started working in Nestlé since 1992, always in functions related to coffee and cocoa procurement, ultimately in the role of Nestlé’s global coffee procurement lead until mid-2015, when he took on his current position leading the NESCAFÉ Plan on a Global level, as well as coordinating the activities related to green coffee quality and research & development.

Throughout his career Marcelo has worked in Brazil, Switzerland, Mexico and UK, where is currently based. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Nadia Hoarau-Mwaura

JDE Peet’s

Nadia Hoarau-Mwaura

JDE Peet’s

Nadia Hoarau-Mwaura is the Sustainability Director at Jacobs Douwe Egberts, tasked with the strategy and execution of the responsible sourcing program – JDE Common Grounds. In this role she works closely across the different functions from Procurement, Marketing, Sales and R&D as well as managing strategic partnerships and relations in the public and private sector.

Nadia has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable development, working across different commodities including cocoa, tea, coffee. She joined JDE in 2015, having worked with Mondelez International in the coffee division before that. Prior to this she worked with Fairtrade International for 10 years focusing her expertise on building producer support programs in Africa Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Christien Parrott

Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee

Christien Parrott

Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee

A self-described coffee aficionado, Christien Parrott is a Senior Manager of Sustainable Sourcing who is committed to coffee and tea sustainability at Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee. 

Over the last year Christien built an ethical sourcing coffee and tea program for Mother Parkers that focuses on sustainable options, enhancing the sustainability of each supply chain, and strengthening the resilience of communities and the wellbeing of producers at origin. These initiatives will drive significant and lasting impacts to environmental, social and governance aspects of sustainability for Mother Parkers. 

Christien’s diverse experiences as an Enterprise Sales Director, Project Manager, and Coffee Commodities Manager has allowed her to develop a unique perspective when it comes to capturing the business and human story behind each cup of coffee. Christien holds an Honors B.A. as well as Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto. She is a certified Q-Arabica Grader and is currently pursuing a Certified Tea Sommelier designation.  

Outside of the office, Christien is an alpine ski enthusiast, former ski racing coach that now enjoys fair-weather skiing with a mountain-side beverage of choice! 

Civil Society

Michelle Deugd

Rainforest Alliance

Michelle Deugd

Rainforest Alliance

Sector Lead Coffee

Michelle Deugd, graduated at Wageningen University, with more than 24 years of experience, of which 12 years in Rainforest Alliance, in Sustainable Agriculture in Latin America, Africa and Asia. As Sector Lead Coffee she provides strategic direction to Rainforest Alliance’s coffee work globally, with the objective to positively contribute to the transformation of the sector, the livelihoods of coffee producers and workers and the environment that surrounds them.

During the last twelve years she has worked with the Rainforest Alliance where she has led RA´s agriculture portfolio globally, the development of regional and sector strategies and their implementation. She has managed a range of coffee projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa, focused at the development of Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee supply at origin, strengthening the sustainability of certified farm and led the roll out of RA´s 2017 certification program to producers globally.

Bambi Semroc

Conservation International

Bambi Semroc

Conservation International

Bambi Semroc is Interim SVP of the Center for Sustainable Lands and Waters at Conservation International. The Center brings together key elements of sustainable production, water, incentives, and sustainability in priority landscapes and seascapes. She leads the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a sector-wide effort to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural products. 

Ms. Semroc has been at Conservation International for more than 15 years, always focusing on sustainable agriculture. She engages leading retailers and consumer goods companies on sustainable agriculture programs designed to maintain critical natural capital, mitigate climate change, and increase the resiliency of farmers to shocks while maintaining productivity. Ms. Semroc works to ensure that these companies have the information and tools necessary to integrate natural capital and ecosystem service considerations into decision-making processes. Throughout this time, she has worked in collaboration with companies such as Starbucks Coffee Company, Walmart, McDonald’s, Nestlé, and The Coca-Cola Company. 

Prior to Conservation International, Ms. Semroc worked as Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Togo. She holds a master’s degree in International Development from American University and a bachelor’s degree in English and French from Indiana University. 

Andrea Olivar

Solidaridad

Andrea Olivar

Solidaridad

Director of Strategy & Quality, Solidaridad

What is your coffee background?

I have been working in the coffee sector for 15 years. I am Solidaridad’s Global lead for coffee and the Director of Strategy and Quality of Solidaridad in Latin America. Previous to that, I was Solidaridad’s Country Manager for Colombia and the Head of the Sustainable Trade Platform (STP), a national sustainability platform (includes coffee) that was created and facilitated by Solidaridad since 2012. I also worked for 6 years at Twin Trading, an ethical trader based in London that worked with smallholder coffee producers around the world to access international markets. I was the Head of their Coffee Programme. I am an expert in sustainability with a special focus on coffee.

Please describe your previous involvement, experience or role with the Global Coffee Platform, its predecessor or the Sustainable Coffee Program and its Steering Committee, or in sustainability topics or other initiatives in the coffee sector so far.

I have been a GCP Board member and co-treasurer since October 2019. As a board, we have developed the new strategy of the organisation that changed its focus from roasters’ needs to producers needs. Solidaridad has supported the work f the GCP from the outset: In Colombia through the Sustainable Trade Platform, which implemented the GCP agenda locally. In Kenya, Honduras and Nicaragua, supported GCP to assess the opportunities for sector transformation and supported the establishment of the platforms in Honduras and Kenya.

Please indicate major future developments / achievements of the Global Coffee Platform you want to support as a GCP Board member. Please indicate focus and priorities of related activities.

I would continue to bring my expertise to deliver sector transformation, with a focus on “action” rather than “words” and ensure that membership continues to be engaged in critical moments. As Solidaridad works with 13 commodities and aims to deliver sector transformation, I would bring my learning from other sectors. In addition to this (and my expertise described above), I am a member of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge Advisory Committee and hope to bring an independent approach to ensure greater coordination amongst both initiatives.

What is your vision for a sustainable coffee sector?

Solidaridad envisions a world in which all we produce, and all we consume, can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations. Our vision is applicable to coffee. I personally believe that the coffee sector could be an incubator of strategies to become sustainable and show the way to other value chains.

Potential conflict of interest arising from my Board membership: Please indicate any ethical, legal, financial or other conflict of interest that are relevant for your role as GCP Board member.

I do not see a conflict of interest as Solidaridad does not operate at commercial level.

Additional

Ric Rhinehart

IDH the sustainable trade initiative

Ric Rhinehart

IDH the sustainable trade initiative

Ric Rhinehart has been involved in the coffee and tea sectors for more than three decades.
He has held various senior leadership roles with private enterprises as well as trade groups. Ric served as CEO of the Specialty Coffee Association until the end of 2019. Furthermore, he served for over a decade as Executive Director of SCAA, as a founding director of World Coffee Research, as a Director at the Coffee Quality Institute, as a delegate to the ICO Private Sector Consultative Board, and as a Director at the COSA. In 2021 Ric joined IDH the sustainable trade initiative as Strategy Director Agri-commodities. with the Agri-commodities Business Unit, focusing on the global convening activities in the coffee sector.

Karel W. Valken

Rabobank, GCP Co-Treasurer

Karel W. Valken

Rabobank, GCP Co-Treasurer

In this capacity as EVP, Global Head Agri Commodities at Rabobank Karel Valken is responsible for their TCF Agri Units in 13 countries. Prior to joining Rabobank International in 2006, he was a Board Member of Nidera Handelscompagnie B.V., a Dutch-Argentinean international processing and trading company in grains and oilseeds from 1996-2006.

He started his career in 1983 at Mees & Hope/MeesPierson (now ABNAMRO) and spend 8 years as the MD of their New York office. From 1989-1996 he was active in financing a wide range of soft and hard commodities and has extensive experience in hemispheres ranging from Europe, the CIS, Asia and the Americas.

He has a degree at the Hogere Economische School of Amsterdam and served as an officer in the Dutch Army after his studies. In addition to his present responsibilities he is also a Board Member of Progreso Foundation active in coffee.

Carlos Brando

Chair of the GCP Board

Carlos Brando

Chair of the GCP Board

Carlos Brando is an engineer who attended the SPURS and PhD programs at MIT. His company P&A’s as well as his own long and diversified experience in the coffee sector have led them to work as consultants for the International Coffee Organization, the World Bank, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, the Global Coffee Platform, the World Cocoa Foundation and many other companies and institutions. They have coordinated coffee projects in more than 50 producing countries across five continents, including all the main coffee growing areas of Brazil. A frequent speaker at leading international coffee events, Carlos has contributed chapters to several coffee books, including Nespresso’s recent “The Craft and Science of Coffee”.

He has sat on the boards of UTZ and Ipanema Coffees, is a member of the Coffee Quality Institute’s Board of Trustees and chairman of the board of the Global Coffee Platform. In 2017 Carlos received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the African Fine Coffees Association.

Senior Management Team

GCP’s Senior Management Team directs the organization’s day-to-day activities around the world.

Annette Pensel

Executive Director

Thomas Müller-Bardey

Finance & Operations Director

Gelkha Buitrago

Director Programs and Corporate Partnerships

Competition law, policies and code

GCP has committed to the concept of pre-competitive collaboration. GCP Members are asked to strictly adhere to its competition law policy at all times. No discussions of agreements or concerted actions that may restrain competition are allowed. This prohibition includes discussions of current or future prices, margins, discounts, the timing of price changes, costs, capacities, customers, suppliers, product and marketing plans, sales projections, credit terms, or other competitively sensitive information relating to your business.

We have worked alongside individuals, cooperatives, organizations, companies, associations, and governments who are working with dedication towards real sustainability in the coffee sector. We remain fully committed to promoting sustainability, overcoming fragmentation, and working together to improve the livelihoods, ecosystems, and resilience of coffee communities around the world.

ANNETTE PENSEL
GCP EXECUTIVE director

Members

Members of the Global Coffee Platform are not only changing the future of the coffee world for the better, they are also changing the way they do business – for the better. GCP Members enjoy a range of benefits that enable them to reduce and share their costs, make smarter sustainability investments and related business decisions, and ultimately multiply their individual contributions to make an impact on coffee communities far greater than by going it alone.

Strategic Collaboration

The Global Coffee Platform believes that sustainability is a shared responsibility. Thanks to our Members and strategic partnerships, it is possible to enable the coffee sector to accelerate its sustainability journey.

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Through our MoU, GCP and ICO collaborate to increase awareness of sustainability in the coffee sector in the broader work of ICO. GCP brings private sector and Civil Society perspectives, as well as lessons learned and successes from its work with country platforms and Collective Action and co-investment initiatives that improve the enabling environment for sustainable coffee production and address major sustainability gaps in collaboration, which is disseminated amongst ICO´s networks to improve practices in the sector.

Partnerships For Forests (P4F) is an eight-year programme funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The programme catalyses investments in which the private sector, public sector and communities can achieve shared value from sustainable forests and sustainable land use.

IDH has been a strategic partner of GCP since its creation in 2016, supporting sustainability platforms and their programs in key coffee producing countries including Brazil, Honduras, Vietnam, Indonesia and Uganda. IDH and GCP share a vision to ensure that coffee production leads to improved livelihood, that coffee is grown in resilient production ecosystems, that communities with a stake in the coffee sector are profiting and that the sector as a whole is profitable.

GCP´s strategic cooperation agreement with the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through GIZ, has enabled and supported the creation of a new Country Coffee Platform in Kenya. In 2019-2020 this collaboration will extend to the preparations towards a new Country Platform in Ethiopia, engaging and supporting Ethiopian stakeholders on their sustainability journey. GCP and GIZ also collaborate to advance public and private sustainability efforts, and to contribute to 100% sustainably sourced coffee for the German market that meets at least the level of the Baseline Coffee Code.

The 5 year strategic partnership agreement between Rainforest Alliance and GCP pursues the strengthening of Country Platforms and their secretariats as facilitators of multi-stakeholder dialogues and collective action in different coffee producing countries. At a global scale, the two organizations will continue to identify opportunities to support Collective Action Co-investment Initiatives (GCP Collective Action Initiatives) among local and global coffee stakeholders and GCP Members based on country & global priority issues.

The African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) is a regional non profit, non political, member-driven association representing coffee sectors in 11 member countries

Through our MoU, GCP and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge have been working collaboratively on the Sustainably Framework, which seeks to provide clarity and inspiration on how the sector can advance sustainably towards Vision 2030. The Framework has been operationalised with aligned metrics through GCP´s Coffee Data project.

GCP and the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos), in its role as the SAFE Platform manager, agreed to work together to address some of the main sustainability issues in Latin American coffee producing countries. The collaboration between both organizations identifies the SAFE Platform with its regional co-funding portfolio as attractive mechanism to support GCP’s work with Country Platforms and to involve more GCP Members in local actions to benefit coffee farming families, increase productivity and profitability, and disseminate best practices regarding coffee sustainability.

The Coffee Quality Institute’s Partnership for Gender Equity (CQI-PGE) launched the Engagement Guide for Gender Equity in Coffee and the Common Measurement Framework, two tools which work in tandem to address industry questions and take action on gender equity issues within the coffee value chain. Both tools were funded by the Global Coffee Platform and build on considerable stakeholder input in their design over the past years.