For Civil Society Organizations

Organizations and groups from civil society are an essential pillar of the 4C Association. Thanks to the constructive support of civil society organizations, the 4C Association includes many elements that bear the mark of NGOs and unions that have contributed to its development.

Albrecht Schwarzkopf from Christliche Initiative Romero (CIR) during the 4C Council Meeting in 2009.

Engage in the global multi-stakeholder platform

    Become part of an active community of peers and organizations that have serious goals for making the coffee sector more sustainable. The 4C Association brings 4C Members together with other cooperation partners, such as research institutions, donors, other certification and sustainability initiatives, and non-governmental organizations. 

    The 4C Association regularly organizes regional sustainability forums and meetings providing participants with the opportunity to interact and make new contacts and find ways they can work together.

    Participate in the Association’s decision making processes

    Membership in the 4C Association is voluntary and open to all interested organizations, companies and individuals. Together, members form the General Assembly, which elects the 4C Council as the decision making body. All bodies mirror the tripartite structure of the 4C Association with producers, trade and industry, and civil society groups represented.


    Be part of an organization that promotes sustainable development

      The 4C Association’s goals include poverty reduction in coffee producing countries, protection of the environment, and improvement of farmers’ living conditions. The main target areas of the 4C Association include: labour conditions, working hours, child labour, deforestation, wastewater management, soil fertility and more.

      4C Code implementation is a relatively easy and practical first step producers can take to improve in the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability. This makes it possible for producers who are unfamiliar with certification procedures to start their sustainability journey and make steady progress to improved coffee production and processing practices. Over time, they can step up their efforts to comply with more demanding sustainability standards if they wish.