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Announcing New Partnership with Conservation International’s Sustainable Coffee Challenge

Apply for the Cool Farm Coffee Working Group and Share the Future of Sustainable Coffee

Cool Farm is excited to share the news about our important partnership with the Sustainable Coffee Challenge (SCC), an initiative led by Conservation International. This collaboration is a fantastic example of how partnerships can drive real change in the coffee sector. In addition, we are calling for applications to join the Coffee Working Group, where Cool Farm members, Sustainable Coffee Challenge partners and sector experts, a forum for discussion, collaboration around the Cool Farm Platform and its application to coffee as well as thought leadership and industry alignment on carbon footprint accounting in coffee more broadly. This partnership is aligned with our shared goal of driving a truly sustainable global coffee supply chain.


“We are thrilled to join forces with Cool Farm to further our aim to drive ambitious solutions required to tackle the climate and nature crises impacting coffee producers and the sector at large. The Challenge’ ground-breaking baseline study in Latin America will leverage the Cool Farm Tool to enhance data quality and sector alignment on carbon footprint accounting. To scale climate action, it is crucial we continue to work together, learn from one another, and enhance best practice together.”

Niels, Director Sustainable Coffee Partnerships at Conservation International

“This partnership with the Sustainable Coffee Challenge is a significant milestone for Cool Farm. By combining our resources and expertise, we can make a substantial impact on the sustainability of the global coffee supply chain. Collaboration is key to driving the changes needed to protect our planet, and we’re proud to be part of this effort.”

Emily, Operations Manager at Cool Farm

Background on the Sustainable Coffee Challenge

Launched in December 2015 and led by Conservation International, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge is a global coalition united in a vision to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product. The initiative brings together stakeholders from across the coffee sector to catalyse the necessary actions and investments to create a nature and people positive coffee sector. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge partners have pledged to an holistic set of sector targets, including to “secure 100 million tons of carbon” by 2025.

Cool Farm Coffee Working Group

The Cool Farm Coffee Working Group will serve as a forum for discussion and collaboration around the Cool Farm Platform, its application to coffee and to co-develop industry-wide guidance for carbon accounting and reduction. For 2024, the inaugural working group chair will be Flaam Hardy from Rainforest Alliance.

Call for Applications

We are inviting Cool Farm members and Sustainable Coffee Challenge partners with an interest in coffee to apply for membership in the Coffee Working Group. Members will contribute their expertise to developing the coffee tool in the Cool Farm Platform and may also recommend projects for science, methods, and software development.

To apply, send a short cover letter and CV to scc.consultant@conservation.org  and fhardy@ra.org preferably by July 12, 2024. Your cover letter should include:

  • Relevant expertise and experience using the Cool Farm Tool in coffee
  • Suggested activities for the Working Group
  • Proposals on how the group should prioritise activities for 2024

All applicants and interested stakeholders are welcome to join the first Working Group meeting that will be held on July 25th at 16:00 BST. To ensure an inclusive dialogue, we welcome any interested sector expert to apply regardless of membership status in either the Cool Farm Alliance and/or Sustainable Coffee Challenge.

Join us in this exciting journey to make the coffee sector more sustainable!

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