What is the 4C Association?

The 4C Association is the platform that brings together stakeholders in the coffee sector to address sustainability issues in a pre-competitive manner.

To date, over 300 members have already joined the 4C platform, including:

  • coffee farmer organizations;
  • traders (importers and exporters);
  • industry (coffee roasters and retailers); and
  • civil society organizations.

This global community works together to improve the economic, social and environmental conditions of those who make their living from coffee.


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4C Compliant Coffee meets baseline sustainability principles.
Compliance is checked by independent external verifiers. 
Learn about 4C Verification.


The 4C Association brings different stakeholders from the coffee sector
together to jointly work on pre-competitive sustainability issues.
Learn about the 4C sustainability platform.


Over 300 members from all over the world have already joined the 4C Association and are working together to advance sustainability in the coffee sector.  Meet our members.

Latest News

Utz Certified and 4C Association Standards Compared: Compliance with the 4C Entry-level Standard provides a solid base for UTZ certification


Amsterdam, 3rd April, 2014 - The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC), the Sustainable Coffee...


A new milestone towards a sustainable coffee sector: 4C Association reports tripled volumes of 4C compliant coffee


According to the latest figures released today by the 4C Association, the quantity of 4C Compliant...


4C Association’s Ambassador for the US: consolidating our presence in North America


As one of its priority activities in 2014, the 4C Association is looking to further consolidate its...

4C Voices

Meet the people who make up the membership of the 4C Association! This month we talked to André Siqueira, Trader Development & Sustainability at Armajaro Brazil, about the sustainability programs of the company.

Become a member

Working in the coffee sector but not yet a 4C Member? Learn about the multiple benefits of joining the 4C Association. You can also sign up for membership online.