By 2020, The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) will be supporting global retailers in the deployment of supplier sustainability surveys covering 100M USD in coffee purchasing, thus sending a strong market signal for sustainable coffee. To facilitate this, TSC will release its coffee supplier survey and other components of its coffee toolkit into the public domain, and work with others towards broader alignment.
In partnership with: Other members of Sustainable Coffee Challenge
TSC’s THESIS Sustainability Assessments are used by coffee product brands to report their sustainability progress to retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, Krogers, and Sprouts. In 2020, the Coffee Assessment was completed by 21 companies. Scores [on a 100 point scale] remained relatively stable, at 32/100. Performance was highest on these KPIs: Crop Supply Mapping, Worker Health and Safety [Processing], and Child Labor Use [on-farm]. Scores were lowest [indicating low traceability or transparency] for on-farm environmental measures.
TSC has made it Coffee Assessment, including a Supply Chain Hotspot diagram, available for free online.
TSC Key Performance Indicators for coffee were completed by 188 companies and 516 assessments of coffee products. On select issues sustainability performance is improving. For example, the score for biodiversity more than doubled between 2018-2019 but is still low with an average score of 16% out of 100%.