The Sustainable Coffee Partnership (SCP) was established in 2003 as a multi-stakeholder partnership aimed at developing global strategies for the promotion of a sustainable coffee sector. The Steering Committee for the SCP provides in-kind support towards the identification of priority areas and opportunities for collaboration in global coffee markets.
The SCP has placed a high priority on working alongside, and in collaboration with, the International Coffee Organization – the highest policy body for the global coffee sector. Since its inception the SCP has provided a wide range of input to delegates of the ICO, as well as other related stakeholders, including a series of documents related to the development and implementation of the 2007 International Coffee Agreement.
The SCP has adopted the following basic principles as a starting point in its efforts to build a global strategy for sustainability in the coffee sector:
- Principle 1: Producers should be paid a price/wage that covers basic production, living and environmental costs within a competitive framework and displays a measured degree of stability.
- Principle 2: Employment relationships should be maintained in accordance with core ILO conventions and local law.
- Principle 3: Production practices should be environmentally sustainable.
- Principle 4: Producers should have enhanced access to credit and opportunities for diversification.
- Principle 5: Producers should have enhanced access to trade information and trade channels.
By bringing together producers, industry, civil society and public policy-makers, the partnership aims to provide a unique opportunity for enabling multi-stakeholder strategic planning and cooperation towards enhanced sustainability of the sector.