About · 4C Benefits

Providing independent, credible and innovative solutions for sustainable supply chains

4C Benefits in Brief

For Producers 

  • 4C enables socially and environmentally beneficial farming with good agricultural and management practices
  • Improvement plans ensure increasing performance across three sustainability dimensions: environmental, social and economic
  • Inclusive approach: Four out of five 4C coffee producers are smallholders
  • Increased productivity and profitability through capacity building measures
  • Integrated smallholder solutions to achieve real impact on the ground
  • Improved access to information and new international coffee markets
  • General professionalization of coffee production, in particular for small and medium-sized producers
  • Contribution to better working and living conditions
  • Pursuing access to markets and price premium for certified coffee

For Brand Owners, Coffee Roasters and Retailers

  • 4C applies strict criteria across social and environmental dimensions of sustainability
  • Independent third-party certification in line with ISO 17065 and ISEAL Assurance Guidance, SAI Silver Level Compliance
  • 4C trainings and capacity building measures ensure high professionalism, impartiality, and reliability
  • 4C Integrity program to ensure integrity and credibility of 4C System
  • 4C uses the latest remote sensing technologies and databases to ensure forest and biodiversity preservation
  • Carbon footprint calculation and mapping of supply chains
  • 4C is a guarantee for your commitment to sustainable sourcing and traceable supply chains
  • 4C logo increases visibility and supports claims to the final customer