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Economic dimension

1.1
Profitability and long term productivity

1.2
Capacity and skill development

1.3
Record keeping

1.4
Access to services

1.5
Market information and commerce

1.6
Quality

1.7
Business integrity (transparent business practices)

1.8
Traceability

Social dimension

2.1
Discrimination (ILO Conventions 110, 111, 100)

2.2
Right to childhood and education

2.3
Freedom of Association

2.4
Right to collective bargaining

2.5
Working Conditions Labour contract

2.6
Working Conditions Working hours

2.7
Working Conditions Wages

2.8
Working Conditions Seasonal and piece rate workers

2.9
Working Conditions Occupational Health and Safety

Environmental dimension

3.1
Conservation of Biodiversity

3.2
Use of pesticides

3.3
Handling of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals

3.4
Soil Conservation

3.5
Soil Fertility and nutrient management Fertilisers

3.6
Soil Fertility and nutrient management Organic matter

3.7
Water water sources

3.8
Water wastewater

3.9
Waste

3.10
Energy

Our vision

A coffee sector that places integrity at the center of its efforts to improve the economic, social and environmental conditions of coffee production and processing.

Our mission

To provide high quality, independent, credible and innovative assurance services in the coffee sector.

27 principles across economic, social and environmental dimensions based on good agricultural and management practices as well as international conventions and recognizes guidelines accepted in the coffee sector

10 unacceptable practices which have to be excluded before applying for 4C Verification

  • 4C coffee is produced in 28 countries by more than 500.000 farmers
  • 4C is not a “cherry picking” standard for low hanging fruits
  • 4C supports and implements sustainable solutions for the entire sector
  • 4C is an effective and at the same time cost efficient solution
  • Wide recognition from relevant actors inside and outside the coffee segment
  • 4C coffee is produced in 28 countries by more than 500.000 farmers
  • 4C is not a “cherry picking” standard for low hanging fruits
  • 4C supports and implements sustainable solutions for the entire sector
  • 4C is an effective and at the same time cost efficient solution
  • Wide recognition from relevant actors inside and outside the coffee segment