SAI Platform believes that resolving the structural deficiencies in the sector requires an active and coordinated action from the international community. For its part, it acts as a catalyser for food industries to help resolve the crisis by developing sustainable green coffee practices.
SAI Platform's Working Group on Green Coffee was formed on April 1st, 2003. Shortly after its creation, it released a Mission Statement on Sustainable Green Coffee in English; Engagement pour un café durable en Français; and Definición de misión por un café verde sostenible en Español. A Common Understanding of Mainstream Sustainable Coffee was also produced with the Common Code for the Coffee Community (4Cs). In December 2007, the Working Group published Principles and Practices for Sustainable Green Coffee Production. It also compiled a "toolbox" of practical tools aimed at guiding farmers, extensionists and all interested parties in the implementation of best practices at farm level. These documents all draw from practical experience gathered through twelve pilot projects conducted in Africa, Asia and Latin America under the responsibility of the Working Group's member companies.
Today, the Working Group is focussing on the issue of carbon footprint associated with green coffee production. Click here for more information about the project.
Illycafe, Mondelez, Nestlé, D.E MASTER BLENDERS 1753 and Tchibo are SAI Platform's active members of the Working Group on Coffee. Giacomo Celi, Illycafe is the WG Chairman.