GLOBAL COFFEEPLATFORM

Local Action
Global Results

The Global Coffee Platform is a multi-stakeholder membership association of coffee producers, trade, roasters, retailers, sustainability standards and civil society, 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 and seeks to enhance farmers’ prosperity with profitability of coffee production, improved livelihoods and well-being, and conservation of nature.

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 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
are 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)​ ​

3

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

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.

Nguyen Viet Vinh

Vietnam Coffee Cocoa Association (VICOFA)

Nguyen Viet Vinh

Vietnam Coffee Cocoa Association (VICOFA)

As part of this role as Chief of Secretariat of the Vietnam Coffee Cocoa Association (VICOFA) Nguyen Viet Vinh has been responsible for the coffee re-planting which VICOFA started in 2011. He also coordinated numerous coffee trade promotion projects sponsored by the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Vietnam. Besides being a member of the Vietnam negotiation delegation to the WTO (Agriculture products) and the negotiation delegation of the Vietnamese government on the Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) between Vietnam and the U.S., Mr. Vinh also serves as a Senior Trade Officer on international economic integration of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam.

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.

Samuel N. Kamau

African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA)

Samuel N. Kamau

African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA)

African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA)

Samuel Kamau has been serving as AFCA’s Executive Director since 2011.

He holds an MBA in Finance, a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has an extensive background in the management of institutions across various sectors and serves on the Board of a number of organisations. A specialist in the effective and efficient financial management system and organisational leadership, Samuel Kamau currently leads a dynamic, innovative and result-oriented team at AFCA Secretariat which aims to provide much-needed services to the coffee industry in Africa.

Trade

Trishul Mandana

Volcafe Ltd

Trishul Mandana

Volcafe Ltd

Trishul Mandana was appointed Managing Director of Volcafe, the Coffee Division of ED&F Man in 2015. He has more than 25 years experience in the coffee industry having previously served as Managing Director of Louis Dreyfus’ Coffee division.

My (coffee) background:

  • Over 25 years of experience across the Coffee Sector – Origin to Destination
  • Global experience across Milds, Brazils and Robustas – with extensive senior management and board experience
  • Managing Director of Louis Dreyfus Coffee – 2008 – 2015
  • Managing Director Volcafe /Divn of EDF Man (2015 to current)

My 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:

  • As a former Board Member of the European Coffee Federation (ECF) and former member of the Board of SCTA, I am familiar with processes and procedures that such governance platforms need and I have served in sub committees/ task forces within the ECF and SCTA.
  • Other experience includes being the Vice Chair of the Green Coffee Committee in the UK, Former Chairman of the LIFFE CAG (Coffee Advisory Group) and am currently a member of both the ICE Arabica and ICE -EU (Robusta) committee
  • Was part of the 12 member Senior Executive committee and Executive group at Louis Dreyfus. Currently serve on the Commodities Committee and Commodities Risk Committee at EDF Man.

Juan Antonio Rivas

Olam International Ltd.

Juan Antonio Rivas

Olam International Ltd.

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

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.

Shannon Higgins

Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Shannon Higgins

Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Shannon Higgins is the Director of Corporate Sustainability & Business Development for Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee. In this new role, Shannon leads the company’s strategy and programming in corporate social responsibility and sustainability working across all areas of the business from manufacturing to sales. Shannon has more than 10 years of experience in the coffee industry in various sales and business development roles. She is passionate about employee and community issues and is deeply involved in initiatives that are improving the quality of life for communities in coffee-growing countries.

Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee is a Canadian-based, family-owned business that was started by Shannon’s great-grandfather in 1912. Today it is one of the largest coffee roasters in North America.

Nadia Hoarau-Mwaura

Jacob Douwe Egberts

Nadia Hoarau-Mwaura

Jacob Douwe Egberts

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.

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.

Herbert Lust

Conservation International Europe

Herbert Lust

Conservation International Europe

Herbert Lust is the Vice President and Managing Director in Europe for Conservation International since September 2015.

Conservation International is a nonprofit organization built upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, global biodiversity, and the well-being of humanity. In this position, Herbert leads policy engagement, corporate relations and fundraising for the organization in Europe.

Prior to this role, Herbert Lust was the Director of Strategy Integration for Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship programmes, where he was responsible for managing a portfolio of projects in environment, sustainable biofuels, and supply chain management in the Middle East, South East Asia, Africa and the Americas. He also designed Boeing’s overarching CSR, Citizenship and Community Affairs Strategies. He was a member of Boeing’s environmental strategy council and sustainable biofuels steering team. He designed and led public affairs campaigns with EU institutions and national governments.

Andrea Olivar

Solidaridad, GCP Co-Treasurer

Andrea Olivar

Solidaridad, GCP Co-Treasurer

Andrea Olivar is an expert in sustainability with a special focus on coffee and has been working in the coffee sector for over a decade. She became Solidaridad’s Global Manager for coffee in 2017. Previous to that, she served as Solidaridad’s Country Manager for Colombia and as Head of the Sustainable Trade Platform (STP), a national sustainability platform (including coffee) that was created and facilitated by Solidaridad in 2012. Andrea Olivar was the Head of the Coffee Programme at Twin Trading during a period of six years. Twin Trading is an ethical trader based in London that works with smallholder coffee producers around the world to access international markets.

Additional

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 Board

Carlos Brando

Chair of the 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.

Daphne van Geffen

IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Daphne van Geffen

IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

In the capacity as Program Director at IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative Daphne van Geffen is responsible for their Coffee program, and active in Asia, Latin America and East-Africa. In this role she works with both public and private parties in the global coffee sustainability arena. Prior to joining IDH in May 2020, she worked in Commodity banks and in consultancy, specialised in Soft Commodity finance.

She started her career at ING Bank as Trainee International Division in 1987 and from 1990-2000 she worked at Bank Mees & Hope/MeesPierson in Trade & Commodity Finance, managing the Coffee/Cocoa desk in Amsterdam.

From Daphe worked 2000 as an independent consultant and interim manager and from 2013-2019 she was the specialist in structured inventory financing of Coffee and Cocoa worldwide with ABNAmro Amsterdam, New York and Singapore.

Daphne has a degree at the University of Amsterdam and a MBA certificate Sustainability & Systemic Change at Nyenrode University.

Senior Management Team

GCP’s Senior Management Team directs the organization’s day-to-day activities around the world. It’s made up of the Executive Director, the Deputy Director and the Director Finance and Operations.

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.

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.

GCP has partnered with ISEAL over several years to support taking the Baseline Coffee Code and the Sustainability Framework to the next levels, using best practice regarding equivalence systems and through developing robust measurement indicators and metrics for sustainability. ISEAL’s Innovation Fund has been supporting GCP’s work on the Coffee Data Standard, being taking foward in the Delta Project, which includes both the coffee and cotton sectors.

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.