800+ Voices, 1,100+ Comments enhance the foundations for coffee sustainability

The public consultation of the GCP Baseline Coffee Code has had more than 1,100 comments from more than 800 voices from 29 countries, representing stakeholders across the coffee value chain. Find out more about the process and how this code will become a fit-for-purpose reference for coffee sustainability.

With the input of more than 800 participants and over 1,100 comments via webinars, workshops and the online survey from all over the world, GCP is ready to enhance the Baseline Coffee Code to ensure a fit-for-purpose reference for baseline coffee sustainability with the input received during a broad public consultation. To help ensure the revised code is informed by all parts of the coffee supply chain, the process has been guided by an advisory task force in collaboration with the GCP Technical Committee, which will continue to help steer the updated Code until it is published later this year as a vital tool for the sector to advance coffee sustainability.

For Rick Peyser of Lutheran World Relief, the way in which this Advisory Task Force was set up allowed for rich conversations with representatives from key sectors in the coffee supply chain, making for a very “thoughtful approach”. 

“As a participant, this approach quickly enabled me and all members to get to know each other and share our thoughts in a constructive and supportive environment.  This approach, along with excellent facilitation, provided me and my colleagues on the Task Force with plenty of opportunity to share our views on key topics that led to some very rich discussions,” said Peyser. 

“I was grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned in my 34 years in the coffee industry, in both the private sector and the non-profit world.” 

For GCP’s North America Ambassador Mary Petitt, working with “such a knowledgeable and outstanding group of people” was a privilege. “I am deeply grateful for all that I have learned from this experience, and especially for the generosity of spirit shared from all colleagues towards this important work,” she said.

“From the beginning, this project team dedicated itself to effectively articulate and organize foundational coffee sustainability principles in service of all coffee sustainability stakeholders, and throughout all links in the global coffee value chain.”

Petitt said the crucial baseline principles within the Baseline Coffee Code are not presented as measurement targets themselves. “Rather they are meant to help engender realistic target-setting and encourage sector participants to generate effective data to measure change and meaningfully evaluate sustainability challenges and opportunities.”

She added that this revision process and its connection to GCP’s work to promote sustainable coffee purchases through Roaster & Retailer Reporting is just one of the approaches GCP is continually on, to help expand knowledge transparency, reliability and accountability to accelerate coffee sustainability development.  

“I hope fellow sustainability champions across the sector will engage with the freshly-revised Code to support our shared responsibility to foster a sector in which all partners, especially coffee farmers and their families, are prosperous,” said Petitt. 

Similarly, for Peyser the hope is that the collective work in refining and revising the Baseline Coffee Code – including the more than 800 contributors to the process – “may lead to a more sustainable coffee sector that will directly benefit small-scale coffee farming families who are the foundation upon which the coffee industry has built its success”.

Considering all the input received during the consultation period, which ended on 30 April 2021, the project team, supported by the GCP Technical Committee and Advisory Task Force, will now develop a final draft for GCP Board approval.

The GCP Board is a multi-stakeholder body and includes representatives of all the segments of the supply chain as well as Civil Society and additional perspectives.

The revised Baseline Coffee Code is expected to be published later in 2021. The final document will be translated in various languages and made available through the GCP website.

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Read more about the GCP Baseline Coffee Code Revision
in the June edition of Global Coffee Report.