The Global Coffee Platform and the Rainforest Alliance have signed today [Nov.8, 2018] a partnership agreement for the next five years to support ‘National Platforms’ in coffee producing countries, as well as to identify opportunities at country level and tackle local priorities. The announcement was made during the Global Coffee Sustainability Conference 2018 taking place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Han de Groot, Chief Executive Officer of the Rainforest Alliance, and Annette Pensel, Executive Director of the Global Coffee Platform signed the partnership agreement, a milestone for coffee sustainability. “We have realized that together we can achieve more” Annette Pensel, during the launch of the collaboration agreement.

We have realized that together we can achieve more.

The agreement, pursues the consolidation of National Coffee Platforms and their secretariat as facilitators of multi-stakeholder dialogues in different coffee producing countries. At a global scale, the Rainforest Alliance and GCP will also organize regular strategic sessions to promote exchange and learning between National Coffee Platforms in producing countries. Both organizations will also identify opportunities at country level to support collective action (member initiatives) among coffee stakeholders and members based on country priority issues agreed.

“Sometimes collaboration is easy,” Han de Groot, “we realize we have a lot in common with the GCP. Our support to the different coffee platforms is a concrete example.”

The Global Coffee Sustainability Conference (GCSC18) was the perfect venue to convey this key message to the whole coffee sector: if we work together, we will significantly contribute to making coffee the first sustainable commodity in the world. The new partnership agreement seeks to intensify their joint projects to benefit coffee farming families around the globe.

Sometimes collaboration is easy

According to Rogier Eijkens, GCP Director of Programs: “We need to capitalize on each other’s strengths. GCP and the Rainforest Alliance believe that aligning at global and national level will set a new bar in the way we should work together on coffee sustainability.”

Concrete action between GCP and the Rainforest Alliance

Based on findings and recommendations from a learning assessment, the organizations reviewed their current partnership and high-level strategic exchange. As a conclusion, GCP and the Rainforest Alliance decided to engage in a broad and long-term partnership to capitalize on each other’s strengths and previous collaboration experiences.

The partnership agreement will last 5 years, starting from the 1st of January 2019. The expectation is that by 2024, the collective work from the Rainforest Alliance and GCP’s 150+ members will have been a key contribution towards a more sustainable coffee sector.