ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY TOGETHER
A common language for the sector to collectively advance farmers’ prosperity, social well-being, and the conservation of nature
The Coffee Sustainability Reference Code sits on the shoulders of many sustainability champions giants who have been working to advance sustainability for many years.
A lot of good work has been done already! But there is also fragmentation of efforts. This has left many small holder farmers unreached by the fundamental enabling environments needed to operate prosperous farms and create well-being in their communities.
It is good news that increasing numbers of companies, governments, banks and NGOs are stepping up their commitments supporting sustainable coffee production and procurement as a road to a prosperous future for coffee farming families.
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Centered on the three dimensions of economic prosperity, social well-being, and environmental stewardship, the Coffee Sustainability Reference Code outlines 12 principles, broken down into practices and expected results that describe baseline sustainability for coffee production and primary processing.
The code also defines five critical practices: elimination of the worst forms of child labour, elimination of forced labour, no deforestation, no use of prohibited pesticides, and the newest addition, continuous improvement.
“While the Coffee Sustainability Reference Code addresses the beginning of the supply chain, with farmers on the ground, downstream actors are expected to share the responsibility for sustainability,” says Annette Pensel, GCP Executive Director. “This includes supporting and incentivising the efforts of coffee farmers to introduce, maintain, and go beyond these baseline principles across all dimensions, as well as promoting equitable trading and sourcing practices.”
Moreover, as custodian of the code, GCP believes the Coffee Sustainability Reference Code will serve the coffee sector to better align activities, inspire continuous improvement, and accelerate individual and collective action.
Coffee sustainability is a shared responsibility and as a common language, together we can use this reference code and advance towards a thriving, sustainable coffee sector for generations to come.
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The Pesticides Action Group is a diverse group that includes experts of GCP Members from producing and consuming countries as well as from different segments in the coffee value chain. This technical action group will work to identify, prioritize, share best practices and provide information on reducing, phasing out and eliminating damaging pesticides. It will also explore effective, feasible and financially viable alternatives to substances that must be phased out, and will share results with GCP Members, Country Platforms in coffee producing countries and the broader sector. Results of this work will support farmers in the transition to less hazardous pesticides and will be used to inform global and local sustainability programs/efforts on pesticides.
Catch up and explore the Coffee Sustainability Reference Code during a 45-minute webinar recording and find out why it is relevant today, how was it developed and how coffee industry leaders and other actors can leverage it to address sustainability challenges.
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