4C Association

Governing Organization

Assessment Type

Third party assessed by non-verified bodies

Sectors Covered

Food, Beverage and Agriculture

Issues Covered

CSR, Environmental Management, Ethical Trade, Organic

Information from the ITC's Standards Map


The 4C Association is a multi-stakeholder organization that brings together actors that are genuinely committed to addressing the sustainability issues of the coffee sector in a pre-competitive manner. The members of the 4C Association include coffee farmers, traders (importers and exporters), industry players (coffee roasters and retailers) and civil society (non-governmental... more

Key Features

* Defining and maintaining the Baseline Standard and Verification System for sustainable coffee production and sourcing;
* Actively promoting sustainability standards and initiatives in the market to create supply and demand of verified and certified coffee;
* Addressing the broader coffee sustainability agenda in a multi-stakeholder coffee platform.* Defining and maintaining the... more

Stakeholder Engagement

The Council is an open, inclusive and participatory organization driven by stakeholders of the global coffee sector.The main element of this governance process is a ffee trade & industry and civil society organizations in three main chambers. Decisions are made by consensus.

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Sustainability Issues

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