The GCP Baseline Coffee Code, 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.
The Baseline Coffee Code— previously the Baseline Common Code — enhances the foundations for a sustainable, profitable coffee production and farmers’ prosperity, well-being and conservation of nature.
The Baseline Coffee Code is a sector wide reference on the foundations of sustainability in economic, social and environmental dimensions for green coffee production and primary processing worldwide. It contributes to a common understanding of sustainability for public and private coffee stakeholders and NGOs, as well as to an aligned measuring and monitoring progress towards increased sustainable production and consumption of coffee.
Why do we need a baseline and why is there a revision?
We can collectively undertake strong concerted action to support a more sustainable and resilient future for farmers and the sector overall. The Baseline Coffee Code revision is an invitation to align on an advanced, shared understanding of baseline sustainability and a key opportunity to reach more coffee farmers while inspiring innovations and investments at farm level and in other segments of the coffee supply chain.
The Baseline Coffee Code was last revised in 2015. Ongoing price and climate crises, exacerbated by a global pandemic, are jeopardizing the progress and sustainability outcomes achieved in the past years. As a sector we have a shared responsibility and urgent opportunity to address pressing sustainability challenges, together. This includes demonstrating progress towards individual and collective sustainability commitments and SDGs as well as getting prepared to respond to the emergence of due diligence legislations.
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.
Lend your voice!
As of 1 March 2021 all actors interested in sustainability in the coffee sector can participate in the revision of the GCP Baseline Coffee Code.
When? 1 March – 30 April 2021
What? The Baseline Coffee Sectorenhances the foundation for a sustainable, profitable coffee production and farmers’ prosperity, well-being and conservation of nature (in collaboration with stakeholders in producing countries).
The Baseline Coffee Code is a sector wide reference on where the sustainability journey starts. It contributes to a common understanding of the foundations of sustainability for the governments and the private sector along the supply chain as well as to an aligned way of measuring and monitoring progress towards the increase of the demand for and supply of sustainably produced coffees.
Why? The Baseline Coffee Code –previously the Baseline Common Code, was last revised in 2015. Ongoing price and climate crises, exacerbated by a global pandemic, are jeopardizing the progress and sustainability outcomes achieved in the past years. At the same time, business as usual is not an option and the sector needs to be ready to respond to the emergence of due diligence legislations and to demonstrate progress towards individual and collective sustainability commitments and SDGs.
We can collectively undertake strong concerted action to support a more sustainable and resilient future for farmers and the sector overall. To do so, we need a shared understanding of baseline sustainability on which other innovations at farm level and beyond can be built.
How can I participate? Provide your input via our online survey, webinars or workshops or schedule a one-to-one session with us. Further information will be made available on 1 March when the consultation phases is officially launched. Be sure to return to this page for all the details, have your say and contribute to define the foundations for sustainability in the coffee sector.
To make sure we can gather input from as many of our stakeholders as possible, translated versions of the documents and consultation surveys will be available in additional languages.
How can you share your views?
Lend your voice and register for one of our public consultation webinars: