Coffee sustainability

ECF members work together and in partnership with other stakeholders in the coffee chain to ensure that over time coffee is sourced and products are manufactured in a responsible manner.

Within the ECF membership every imaginable sustainability initiative is covered, both systems with many participants such as (in alphabetical order) the 4C Association, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified and company specific activities like for instance Nespresso AAA and Starbucks C.A.F.E. practices.  ECF aims to obtain recognition of the variety of sustainability systems in the political debate and in – for instance – public procurement.

ECF is actively involved in two specific programmes, the Sustainable Coffee Program and the Coffee Environmental Footprint (PEF) Pilot.

Sustainable Coffee Program (SCP)

ECF is founding partner in the Sustainable Coffee Program, kicked off under the umbrella of the Sustainable Trade Initiative (Dutch acronym: IDH) in April 2012. This is a public-private initiative bringing together the coffee industry, trade and export partners, governments, NGOs and standard setting organizations. Its objective is to bring sustainable coffee production to scale to meet increasing demand, while improving farmer livelihoods and sustaining natural resources. For more information please visit the IDH website.

Coffee Environmental Footprint (PEF) Pilot

In early 2014 a consortium of leading coffee companies and stakeholders has been selected to run a pilot for the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) project. The objective of the coffee PEF pilot is to:

-        engage with EU policy developments in a proactive way allowing the sector to help shape future policy                   developments;
-        develop a harmonized methodology to further assess and improve the environmental performance of coffee           based  beverages;
-        contribute to principles for communicating environmental performance, such as transparency, reliability,                  completeness,  comparability and clarity;

The coffee PEF pilot is developed by leading actors in the coffee sector, including companies (Illycaffè, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Lavazza, Nestlé and Tchibo), organizations (the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), the European Coffee Federation (ECF), Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE), the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC), the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Solidaridad, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform) and will be supported by Quantis International as LCA consultant.
The project is part of the Sustainable Coffee Program (SCP).

The project started on 1 June 2014 and must be completed by 31 December 2016.

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