3 ways GCP Members are moving the coffee sector forward

The GCP Country Congress & Membership Assembly 2019 was a resounding success. As the exclusive gathering for national, international, public, and private sector stakeholders to learn, exchange, create, and collaborate to achieve real, measurable impact on the livelihoods of coffee farming families around the world, GCP’s dynamic network of members, strategic partners, and National Coffee Platforms spent two full days building on their accomplishments and setting the course to move the coffee sector forward.

Here are three ways the Global Coffee Platform can be the launch hub for achieving your sustainability goals.

The GCP Country Platform Acceleration Program is now open!

As a GCP Member rightly pointed out at the GCP Membership Assembly last week, “(w)ithout a conducive, enabling environment for sustainable coffee growing in producing countries, we won’t achieve our shared sustainability goals”.

Considering that National Coffee Platforms are indeed key to this, the Global Coffee Platform is offering its members a unique opportunity to demonstrate exemplary leadership by bringing their contribution to GCP’s Call to Action to Collectively Address the Coffee Price Crisis to life and to where it will make a meaningful difference – in accelerating the work being undertaken by National Coffee Platforms in 7 countries: Brazil, Ethiopia, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, Vietnam.

By joining other GCP Members in the GCP Country Platform Acceleration Program, you will not only gain recognition and increase brand reputation throughout the global coffee sector, you will also contribute across a number of critical areas to the work being done in the countries to strengthen the economic position of coffee farmers and workers.

To find out more information about the Acceleration Program and modalities for your contribution, please contact the GCP Secretariat.

Open for Participation: GCP Collective Action Initiatives on agro-inputs

Producing good coffee from healthy trees and protecting the crop from diseases requires knowledge and the appropriate agro-inputs. If you wish to achieve greater impact in improving the responsible use of agro-inputs (especially pesticides and fertilizers) in Vietnam, the Global Coffee Platform invites you to join this GCP Member Initiative.

Focusing on the levels of legislative, research and field and with IDH, JDE, Nestlé and Tchibo having already agreed to collaborate, co-fund and jointly address the issue, GCP encourages all its members to consider their participation in order to improve the use of agro-inputs to the benefit of the whole Vietnamese coffee sector.

Interested in collective action and co-investments on other issues and countries? Please get in touch with the GCP Secretariat.

Roasters and Retailers start reporting on their sustainable purchases

GCP Roaster and Retailer Members are now able to report on their purchases of sustainable coffee. This is not only an opportunity for our members to showcase their achievements in their commitment to sustainable sourcing, it is also a central aspect in bringing more transparency into the coffee sector. “Sustainable purchases” is one of the 15 high level sustainability indicators that resulted from a comprehensive consultative process and are reflected in the Coffee Data Standard.

As a prioritized action within GCP’s Call to Action to Collectively Address the Coffee Price Crisis, the GCP Roaster and Retailer Reporting complements the Sustainable Coffee Challenge’s “Commitments Hub” by providing information on individual progress on sustainable purchases, and perspectives per sustainability scheme and countries of origin. Currently, “sustainable coffee” is understood to include every scheme that has been recognized for GCP Reporting: 4C, Certifica Minas, Fairtrade, Rainforest/UTZ, C.A.F.E Practices and Nespresso AAA. Additional sustainability schemes are foreseen to be recognized.

Reporting results will be published early 2020, with yearly update reports. This information will ultimately contribute to the discussion on how to advance coffee sustainability at scale while benefiting coffee farming communities in various producing countries.
To find out how to start reporting, please contact the GCP Secretariat.