Meeting Members:
Over a cup of coffee with Ecocert Group

We hear from José Manuel González, Head of Sustainable Agriculture within the Ecocert Group to learn more about the role Ecocert is playing to support the drive towards coffee sustainability.

Ecocert Group is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2021 — representing three decades of commitment with farmers all around the world, with a strong focus on agricultural practices that improve the conventional methods for farming.

Our current network of professionals is active in more than 150 countries around the world, including all coffee producing countries and delivering services on independent second- and third-party certification on both private and voluntary sustainability standards.

For nearly 30 years, Ecocert has being assisting stakeholders in the implementation and promotion of sustainable practices through certification, consulting, and training services. Committed to sustainable farming since its creation, Ecocert offers the widest possible range of certification services in the organic agriculture sector and complements its services with many voluntary standards well-known in the coffee sector: Rainforest Alliance, 4C, Bird Friendly, Regenerative Organic (ROC) and Fair For Life.

Coffee is a very important crop for Ecocert. Our commitment after many years with relevant stakeholders and coffee farmers around the world helped us to be perceived as a reliable partner when planning and developing strategies for sustainable coffee production and their supply chains.

The dynamic of coffee production changes continuously, many times with lower prices that confront with an increasing cost of inputs and requirements in terms of quality and sustainable production. Ecocert’s vision of promotion of good agricultural techniques, environmentally friendly cultivation practices and respectful treatment of workers must be translated into higher net returns for farmers and their families.

“By joining the Coffee Global Platform, we move beyond this direction, partnering with mind-alike game changers that are aligned and ready to move collectively under the vision of the Global Coffee Platform. Ecocert is looking forward to jointly work together with GCP members.”

– José Manuel González, Head of Sustainable Agriculture within the Ecocert Group.

This contribution forms part of a new series called Meeting Members.