Leading Coffee Sustainability through transparent sourcing

Through GCP’s Sustainable Coffee Purchase Reporting, Roasters & Retailers are committing to transparently reporting their sustainable coffee purchases and acting now for the future of coffee.

GCP Sustainable Coffee Purchase Reporting, now entering its second year, has received the commitment of some of the world’s leading companies which have agreed to act transparently in an effort to promote a sector-wide move towards sustainable coffee and to show the progress being made.

The reporting forms part of a range of initiatives GCP is leading to help the coffee industry become more sustainable in measurable ways. Take a look at some of the highlights from 2020 and find out how you can act now with – and through – GCP to advance your company’s sustainability progress.


Join us on January 28 to learn how Roasters and Retailers are boldly and transparently advancing sustainability through participating in the next round of GCP’s Collective Reporting on Sustainable Coffee Purchases.

In this meeting we will look at how leading Roasters and Retailers across the world are working pre-competitively to transparently report on their sustainable coffee purchases. This unique collective reporting is helping companies deliver against the UN Sustainable Development Goals including farmer prosperity, improved livelihoods and preserving nature.

  • How collective reporting of Sustainable Coffee Purchases supports progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • How the Baseline Coffee Code and Equivalence Mechanism underpin the Reporting of Sustainable Coffee Purchases
  • How to participate in the next round of Reporting on Sustainable Coffee Purchases
  • How the data is communicated to the sector


Work is underway to publish the next version of the GCP Baseline Coffee Code. The code will assess the current principles to better connect sector indicators, the Coffee Data Standard and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The GCP BCC currently contains 27 principles (economic, social and environmental dimensions) based on good agricultural and management practices and international conventions/recognised guidelines and 10 unacceptable practices. The revision will have a closer look at these principles and practices and will review how the baseline sustainability practices connect to sector outcome indicators and the Coffee Data Standard, and to the Sustainable Development Goals, to enable measurement on progress and increased impact. 



GCP has updated the Equivalence Mechanism for the GCP Baseline Coffee Code (BCC) to transparently expand and welcome additional sustainable coffee sourcing schemes from across the coffee value chain. The newly revised GCP BCC Equivalence Mechanism is an innovative building block to support continual increases of sustainable coffee purchases across the industry.

Schemes currently recognized include 4C, Certifica Minas, Fairtrade, Rainforest/UTZ, C.A.F.E Practices and Nespresso AAA. With the updated GCP Equivalence Mechanism, there is work underway to expand this list of recognized schemes.



In 2020, five leading companies transparently reported the volumes and origins of their sustainable coffee purchases culminating in the first edition of GCP Sustainable Coffee Purchases Snapshot 2018.  

With the reporting framework in place and initial positive results already recorded by participating companies and major coffee sustainability standards, the reporting program will track the sector’s move towards sustainable sourcing and provide key information to all segments of the value chain, as well as the public sector.

GCP is now calling on more Roasters & Retailers to participate in the next round of reporting.