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 320 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. 
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Over 310 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

Sector Collaboration pushes access to affordable finance for coffee farmers to the foreground


Nairobi, Kenya 26/2/2015 - This month saw the crucial and complex issue of access to agricultural...


Webinar: Growing Coffee without Endosulfan - experiences with cultural controls for Coffee Berry Borer (CBB)


In the first of three webinars to be delivered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),...


Interview: 4C Manager Latin America with Peru's HORA OCHO


While visiting Peru to provide a series of trainings to coffee farmers, the Peruvian television...

4C Voices

Meet the people who make up the membership of the 4C Association! This month we talked to Andr√© 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.