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Impact-driven beyond certification: 4C develops projects to mitigate environmental and social issues in collaboration with various coffee supply chain actors and to improve the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers.

Get acquainted with some of our projects below. If you are looking for a way to improve the sustainability footprint of the coffee supply chains, please contact us.

Improving working and living conditions for coffee smallholders in Colombia

4C partnered with Melitta Europa GmbH & Co. KG. – Division Coffee – and DEG to foster sustainability of the Colombian coffee production. The project was successfully launched on 15 June 2020. Its main objectives include improving sustainable agricultural management of Colombian coffee smallholder farms to contribute to long-term economic and ecologic viability, increasing attractiveness for young adults, as well as market uptake in Europe. To read more about the project, follow the link.

Calculation and reduction of GHG Emissions in Coffee Production

Supply chain mapping, GHG emission calculation of coffee production, and identification of further steps to reduce emissions.

After the successful GHG calculation is conducted, targets are set and reduction evidence is verified through a third-party audit, a special label “4C Climate Friendly Coffee” can be applied to communicate and highlight the efforts made.

This project is conducted in cooperation with Meo Carbon Solutions and interested coffee producers.

Field Survey on Social Issues in the Philippines

Nestlé partnered with 4C to conduct a study with a focus on social issues in the Philippines. 4C assessed the local situation and identified critical topics. In the next step, it developed and recommended feasible measures to address the corresponding issues together with Nestlé’s staff. The methodological approach included a desk-study and a field trip, where multiple interviews with producers, workers, local government, and NGO representatives were carried out.

The main issues of concern identified by 4C were related to the minimum wage legislation and a generally low level of school enrollment for children at secondary and high school age. With 4C’s recommendations in mind, Nestlé is now addressing the situation and developing potential solutions (see Nestlé’s “Created Sharing Value Progress Report 2019”).

This field survey was conducted in cooperation with Nestlé.