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Formally founded in March 2016, the #globalcoffeeplatform (GCP) launches to the public today, to tackle the most critical #sustainability challenges and contribute to greater collective impact on the livelihoods and natural environments of coffee farming communities. Combining the valuable membership of the 4C Association with the pre-competitive activities of the Sustainable Coffee Program, the GCP marks a new era of #sustainability for the coffee sector.
Aligning the activities of a diverse network of over 300 stakeholders, through a bottom up approach, the GCP unites local public and private sector stakeholders to identify the most critical #sustainability challenges, and then feeds these national priorities into a global agenda that the entire sector can commit to, known as Vision2020. Vision2020 translates into action oriented work-streams, open for all coffee sector stakeholders to participate. Work-streams can also be developed on the basis of critical mass and interest from the general membership.
Members of the #globalcoffeeplatform include farmers and farmer organizations (big and small), trade (importers and exporters), industry (coffee roasters and retailers), other supply chain actors, civil society (non-governmental organizations such as #sustainability standards, implementers and other support organizations), individuals, donor agencies and many other organizations.
The #globalcoffeeplatform also supports the use of the Baseline Common Code, a set of globally referenced baseline principles and practices for coffee production and processing. Through the support of this reference code, the GCP aims to enable sector-wide adoption of minimum #sustainability requirements and create a level playing field for collectively reporting and measuring improvements.
In October 2016, the elected GCP Board will deliver a full strategy for the period from 2017-2020, including a GCP Membership value proposition, with a full range of services, structures and benefits.
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