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.
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.
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.
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:
Four Board seats
are for coffee producer representatives;
for trade representatives;
for coffee industry representatives (with three seats for roasters, thereof at least one representing small/ mediums sized companies, and one for retailers)
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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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.
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.
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.
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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