IDH is committed to finding ways in which the increasing world demand for coffee can be met sustainably. We foster global multi-stakeholder alignment on key sustainability issues, and seek to embed socially and environmentally friendly production techniques into the coffee supply chain.

IDH convenes a multi-stakeholder platform across the coffee sector, bringing together a range of industry players in a precompetitive environment. This is a global partnership model that has the potential to bring sustainable coffee production to scale, and to improve the livelihoods of millions of coffee farmers worldwide.

Working alongside partners from industry and trade, from governments, NGOs and standard-setting organizations across the sector, we promote an approach that is both collaborative and bottom-up. We focus on applying local experience gained from field-level projects to the whole global sector – aiming to create a favorable environment for all key players, and to align investments in producer support programs.

This emphasis on sector alignment, innovation, and local knowledge is reflected in our broad public-private partnership agenda. We believe that collaboration at every level offers the best means of embedding socially and environmentally friendly practices into the global supply chain. This in turn offers the best means of meeting the rising global demand for coffee on a sustainable basis, and helping 4.3 million coffee producing families across the globe to become more resilient.

The Global Coffee Platform (the GCP)

IDH supports, with others, the Global Coffee Platform, a multi-stakeholder platform in which farmer cooperatives, roasters, brands, traders and civil society groups work together to create alignment and accelerate sustainability in the coffee sector. An integral part of the Global Coffee Platform are the National Coffee Platform structures, public/private forums for dialogue. These platfroms are located in coffee producing regions around the world, creating an environment in which common goals and visions are reached by both the public and private sector.

Vision 2020

To align with governmental bodies and others outside the GCP, Vision 2020 was established with the International Coffee Organization. Vision 2020 is an inclusive platform through which producing country government policies, visions and ideas can be shaped into action and implemented through the Global Coffee Platform.


Watch a video about the Coffee Platform and Vision 2020

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Jenny Kwan

Program Director, Coffee

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Paul Klein Hofmeijer

Program Manager, Coffee

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Tessa Meulensteen

Program Officer, Coffee

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Facts & Figures

Target 2020 1.5

Target 2016 1.5

Result 2016 2.5

IDH-private sector (sustainability) investments ratio

Target 2020 90.000

Target 2016 50.000

Results 2016 57.188

Number of producers/workers/ community members trained

Target 2020 60.000

Target 2016 5.000

Results 2016 5.025

Number of producers/workers reached by service delivery

Supported initiatives in Coffee

  • Global Coffee Platform

    Bringing together key stakeholders in coffee to accelerate sustainable change and improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers

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Coffee: Helping 4.3 million coffee producing families become more resilient by 2020