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 creates shareholder and consumer value for companies, enabling responsible sourcing, transparent reporting and credible communication. It also provides regulatory value, helping to meet increasing due diligence requirements on national and European levels

  • 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 represents a toolbox for companies to assess and address risks in their supply chains and meet the increasing due diligence requirements 
  • 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