Governance & Transparency
History and Development
The Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C) was created through a participatory, extensive, transparent and balanced consultation with coffee stakeholders worldwide, and was owned and operationalized by the former 4C Association.
Following a new strategy to separate the commercial verification related activities from its pre-competitive activities, the 4C Association in 2015 agreed to spin-off the previously in-house verification operations into a separate company. As of April 2016, the 4C Association evolved into the Global Coffee Platform which thereupon handed over responsibility to operate the 4C verification system to 4C Services. Since then, the team previously composing the Verification Department of the 4C Association operates as the core team of 4C Services under the leadership of Mr. Gustavo Bacchi as Managing Director.
Roles and Responsibilities
As the operator, 4C’ key task is the maintenance and integrity of the 4C Verification System, which mainly includes
- approval, management and training of verifier companies
- monitoring compliance of 4C Units with the 4C Code of Conduct and other verification requirements – including reviewing verification reports and taking license decisions
- monitoring data and reporting of final buyers and Managing Entities of 4C Units.
For 4C verifications 4C Services collaborates with approved certification bodies operating in coffee producing countries that are ISO/ IEC 17065 (agricultural scope) accredited.
The roles and responsibilities of all stakeholder groups in the 4C Verification System are displayed schematically in the figure below and described in detail in the 4C Verification Regulation (see download section).
4C Advisory Board
Since 2017, 4C Services has an Advisory Board. Find more information here.