For the Approach and Impact report, 4C worked on finding science-based solutions for the complex subject of comprehensive impact assessment. The “theory of change” on which the 4Cs approach and impact report is based was created through an extensive process, mapping activities, strategies and objectives. The impact assessment is further based on carefully analyzed data from the 4C database, including the assessments of numerous audit reports and the results of internal evaluations. In addition, the report includes the results of extensive surveys of 4C certified producer groups and certification bodies cooperating with 4C, as well as feedback from other stakeholder groups, including industry and trade players. trade, civil society and research organizations.
4C, as a certification system, creates an impact in the coffee sector in various ways; by encouraging good agricultural practices, preventing deforestation, promoting climate-friendly coffee cultivation and improving the livelihoods of farmers. Beyond insurance services, 4C actively participates in initiatives and develops projects which are also reflected in the report. 4C projects focus on important topics such as reducing the carbon footprint of coffee value chains, empowering women and increasing biodiversity in coffee growing regions. To further illustrate the impact of the 4Cs, the report also includes several case studies.
This is the first impact report for 4C, which is part of our monitoring and continuous improvement process. 4C aims to maintain the tradition of regularly publishing impact reports as a tool to test and evaluate the effectiveness of its certification system. The first and main objective of 4C is to embed sustainability in the coffee supply chain and to support both parties, on the production and consumption side, on their way to a more resilient and sustainable coffee world. . In this way, 4C contributes to coffee being delicious while serving the people who produce it and the planet that provides it.