And coffee needs people and nature to thrive. Discover how the Sustainable Coffee Challenge is changing lives and making your morning cup better in the process.
© Niel Palmer, CIAT
The coffee we drink depends on the health, prosperity and well-being of 25 million coffee producers, 10 million hectares of coffee farms, and the continued ability of nature to sustain them.
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge is a collaborative effort of companies, governments, NGOs, research institutions and others to transition the coffee sector to be fully sustainable. Challenge partners are urgently working together to increase transparency, align around a common vision for sustainability and collaborate to accelerate progress toward those goals.
Conceived by Conservation International and Starbucks and launched during the 2015 Paris climate meetings with 18 founding partners dedicated to coffee sustainability, the Challenge aims to stimulate greater demand for sustainable coffee. The movement has since grown to more than 90 international partners.
The Challenge is facilitated by Conservation International, with the agenda and actions led by Challenge partners. Together, these change makers work to find solutions for the coffee community.
These sustainable practices will:
A select group of leaders that represent our partners guide the strategic direction of the Challenge.
The Challenge hosts a place for stakeholders to publicly state their commitments to sustainability and report on progress over time. By shedding light on commitments made by stakeholders throughout the sector, we can better leverage them to form new partnerships and inspire others to act. While the coffee sector has invested heavily in sustainability for decades, we recognize that the complex issues facing the sector require a wide range of solutions and commitments. Transparency of sustainability commitments means stating them in a shared space and reporting on progress. Start tracking your journey.
Although great progress has been made in the past 20 years, the sector lacks a clear and common understanding of what is meant by sustainability. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge has developed a definition of success for the sector, with long-term goals, as part of a broader sustainability framework designed to show how our individual initiatives contribute to a collective effort to transform the sector. See how your contribution fits into the greater whole.
At the Challenge, we seek to spark further collaboration across the sector toward collective goals. We believe that collective action is vital to accelerate the movement and achieve our vision. It takes all of us to get to scale. We can't stop here.
We all have a role to play. By uniting industry, governments, nonprofit organizations and others, we can tackle the complex issues facing coffee and ensure the long-term supply.
Finding industry-wide solutions that positively impact all facets of the sector – from farm to consumer - will only be accomplished by working together.
Sustainable Coffee Challenge partners unite to:
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