GCP Baseline Coffee Code

The GCP Baseline Coffee Code (BCC), previously the Baseline Common Code responds to the increasing impacts of a changing climate, the on-going coffee price crisis, and the global pandemic, as a fit-for-purpose, sector-wide reference for baseline coffee sustainability.   

Work has now started — and is ongoing — on the enhancement of the GCP Baseline Coffee Code, which will help foster a clear common understanding of baseline sustainability.

Why do we need a baseline?

We can collectively undertake strong concerted efforts to support a more sustainable and resilient future for producers and the sector overall. To do so, we need a clear common understanding of baseline sustainability. This understanding will be a prerequisite for a thriving and sustainable coffee sector.

Last updated in 2015, GCP is now enhancing the code to establish a set of principles and practices that serve to pave the way in the understanding and implementation of baseline sustainability in green coffee production and primary processing worldwide.

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. 

The GCP BCC will also be connected to GCP’s National Sustainability Curricula, will be informed by learnings from different implementation actors, and will be followed by a review of the GCP Equivalence Mechanism.


For more information regarding the GCP Baseline Coffee Code,
please contact:  

Gelkha Buitrago

Director Programs and Corporate Partnershipsemail me

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