Following Global Coffee Platform’s (GCP) announcement of five sustainability schemes gaining recognition as equivalent to the Coffee Sustainability Reference Code, second party assurance, the number of schemes now fully recognised by GCP is 18.
“The commitment to the use of a common language and the increasing openness to transparency is a critical feature to understand, advance and accelerate coffee sustainability,” says Annette Pensel, GCP Executive Director.
Sustainability schemes with third party assurance includes 4C, Certifica Minas, Fairtrade, Rainforest/UTZ, and Starbucks’ C.A.F.E. Practices.
Sustainability schemes with second party assurance includes ECOM’ SMS Verified, Enveritas ‘ Enveritas Gold and Enveritas Green, Exportadora de Café Guaxupé’s Guaxupé Planet, LDC’s Responsible Sourcing Program Advanced, Mercon’s LIFT, Nespresso AAA, Neumann’s NKG BLOOM and NKG Verified, ofi’s AtSource Entry Verified and AtSource Plus, and Volcafe’s Volcafe Verified and Volcafe Excellence.
These schemes are eligible to be included in the upcoming GCP Collective Reporting on Sustainable Coffee Purchases.
By October 2023, all schemes will need to have been assessed under the GCP Equivalence Mechanism 2.0, according to the GCP Equivalence Process. Until then, all sustainability schemes above are fully recognised by GCP.
GCP invites coffee roasters and retailers to participate in the next round of GCP Collective Reporting on Sustainable Coffee Purchases on 2022 volumes. This is an important tool to drive coffee sustainability and a way for roasters and retailers to collectively expand the demand and supply of sustainable coffee produced following at least baseline sustainability principles.
Since 2018, GCP has been supporting roaster and retailer partners to annually report increasing sustainable coffee purchases, demonstrating progressive sustainability leadership founded in the Code and GCP Equivalence Mechanism.
The summary report, GCP Snapshot 2022, to be published in Q3 this year, will be the result of a transparent and pre-competitive approach from the participating companies, representing a strong commitment to addressing coffee sustainability challenges collectively.
GCP’s Collective Reporting on Sustainable Coffee Purchases, underpinned by the Code and the GCP Equivalence Mechanism, forms part of the organisation’s new two-tier strategy to achieve the shared GCP 2030 Goal of transformational change on farmers’ prosperity for more than one million coffee farmers in more than 10 countries.
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