The Sustainability Consortium

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is a global nonprofit committed to bringing leading companies together to introduce greater transparency into supply chains worldwide. TSC uses science-based reporting to introduce innovative sustainability practices to various industries, in turn supporting companies as they define, develop and deliver more sustainable products to consumers. The mission to improve the sustainability of coffee is reflected in TSC’s ultimate goal of having consumer products be enjoyed without causing harm to people or going beyond the environmental limits of our planet.

Statement of support

“TSC is a global non-profit organization working to transform the consumer goods industry by partnering with leading companies to define, develop, and deliver more sustainable products, including increasing visibility into supply chains around the coffee industry. Supported by over 100 members across the consumer products industry, TSC works with growers, manufacturers and retailers to understand and address hotspots in managing supply chains around coffee and covering between 80-90% of sustainable impacts on all consumer goods. TSC is proud to bring our members and research together to join the Sustainable Coffee Challenge to help make sustainable coffee better for business and better for the planet.”

Multi-stakeholder Initiative or Association
Action Networks
Partner Since June 2016

Our Commitments

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


June 2021

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.


August 2020

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%.

Status 50% complete
Target date 2020
Countries targeted Global