Created by the coffee sector for the coffee sector, the Entry-level Standard – the Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C) – was conceived in order to improve the economic viability (productivity, efficiency and market access) for coffee producers, the working and living conditions of their families and workers, and the conservation of natural resources such as primary forest, water, soil, biodiversity and energy.

The Entry-level Standard addresses the mainstream coffee industry by acting as an accessible, credible, and meaningfulfirst step for stakeholders along the coffee supply chain towards sustainability. Its inclusivity makes it accessible to the majority of coffee producers, introducing them to the sustainability market and, through the continuous improvement framework, enabling them to step up to other certification standards. The rigour in which the Entry-level Standard is set and assured delivers a robust and credible system. And the impact it has on the coffee sector will gradually build a better coffee world.

Consisting of the Code of Conduct and its verification system, the Entry-level Standard sets economic, social, and environmental principles for the sustainable production, processing and trading of green coffee (4C Compliant Coffee).