Common Code for the Coffee Community

 

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Targeted Industry: Coffee
Stated Aim: “[T]o unite all relevant coffee stakeholders in working towards the improvement of the economic, social and environmental conditions of coffee production and processing to build a thriving, sustainable sector for generations to come.” (4C Vision)
Historical Context: A plummet in the price of coffee in 2001-2002 led to extreme poverty and associated human rights implications.
Year Launched: 2006
Method of Operation: 4C requires that coffee producers and other supply chain members comply with its standards in order to sell 4C compliant coffee.  Buyers, such as Nestle, commit to purchasing “increasing amounts” of 4C compliant coffee.
Monitored Entities: Coffee producers and other supply chain members.
Examples of Relevant Rights-holders: Small-scale coffee producers; coffee workers, particularly seasonal or immigrant workers.
Membership (as of Dec. 31, 2013): Producers (66), trade and industry (128), civil society organizations (13).