Improving the living and working conditions in the Brazilian coffee-producing sector

This GCP Collective Action Initiative seeks to improve the living and working conditions of coffee growers and workers in Brazil. In addition to contributing to the elimination of unacceptable social practices at farm-level, the initiative will also raise awareness of degrading working conditions and continuous improvement of best social practices. 

Brazil has one of the strictest labor legislations amid all coffee producing countries, but not all growers fully comply. Legislation is complex, bureaucratic, and costly for growers to comply with, specially smallholders. Although most Brazilian coffee growers in general have fair living and working conditions, there are cases of forced labor among workers. 

It is vital to create and raise awareness about unacceptable living and working conditions amidst farmers, leaders and opinion makers (many of whom do not believe they happen) and create effective solutions to fight the problem and prevent it. 

This Collective Action Initiative, in partnership with InPACTO and Cecafé, targets to improve living and working conditions for about 5,000 coffee growers and workers, while raising awareness about degrading working conditions and generating continuous improvement in the coffee sector. This initiative will contribute to eliminate unacceptable social practices at farm-level, focusing on: 

  • Education on social sustainability 
  • Mapping and monitoring of working conditions in coffee areas 
  • Studies covering living wage, living income and cost of production 
  • Positive communication of success cases 



Major decrease in identified incidents related to forced/slave-like labor


Zero cases of unacceptable child labor with participating coffee farms participating in the initiative   


Coffee workers participating in the initiative earn at least the national official minimum wage, in farms   


Improvement in social criteria including improved use of PPE, availability of potable water, adequate sanitary facilities, housing and lodging conditions on the farms


Committment to establish social monitoring and remediation systems 

Target Areas

Arabica growing areas of Minas Gerais, Conilon growing areas of Espírito Santo 


August 2020

July 2024

Launch Partners

CeCafe, InPacto 

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This Member Initiative is currently in Ripe Stage.

This means that additional partners who wish to join the initiative and contribute to increasing its scale are more than encouraged to join. To express your interest in becoming a partner, please contact the Program Manager.


Interested in further information?

Pedro Ronca

GCP Brazil Program Directoremail me