The 4C Association has joined the efforts of coffee farmers, trade, industry and civil society in order to improve the lives of people in the entire coffee sector. Operating within three dimensions of sustainability, 4C members work jointly towards improving economic, social and environmental conditions through more sustainable and transparent practices.
As an approved 4C auditor, QIMA-WQS can process your application for 4C certification, inspect different elements of your coffee supply chain to verify compliance with the 4C Code of Conduct, and, upon successful evaluation, request the issue of a relevant certificate.
The 4C Association defines its mission as providing the highest degree of quality, independence, credibility and innovation for services to the coffee sector. The 4C Code of Conduct applies numerous criteria in three dimensions of sustainability:
The code features 27 principles based on good agricultural and management practices, international conventions and guidelines accepted in the coffee sector, as well as 10 unacceptable practices that a business must exclude before applying for 4C certification.
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