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We believe that sustainability efforts are closely linked with farmers’ economic wellbeing. That’s why we put farmer yields and livelihoods at the forefront of all our sustainability efforts.

Our approach is based on two streams:


Stream 1: Certification and Verification Standards

Today, certification and verification standards represent the easiest way to measure coffee value chain sustainability. That’s why LDC works with the following verification and certification schemes:



The inclusive nature of the 4C Code of Conduct aims to reach producers who are not currently participating in the sustainable coffee market and bring them to a basic level of sustainability.

To find out more visit, http://www.cas-veri.com/

C.A.F.E. (Coffee and Farmer Equity)


C.A.F.E. Practices ensures that coffee is grown and processed in a sustainable manner, assessing the economic, social and environmental aspects of production.

To find out more visit, https://www.scsglobalservices.com/starbucks-cafe-practices



UTZ certification shows consumers that products have been obtained in a sustainable way. Certified suppliers must follow the UTZ Code of Conduct, which provides expert advice on better farming methods, working conditions and care for nature. This, in turn, leads to better production, a healthier environment and a better life for all.

To find out more visit, https://utz.org/

Rainforest Alliance


From deforestation and global warming to drought and extreme poverty, the Rainforest Alliance works to address pressing environmental and social challenges. The Rainforest Alliance Certified ™ seal is found on food and beverages in restaurants, supermarkets, airplanes, trains, and hotels around the world.

To find out more visit, http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/business/



Fairtrade standards are designed to combat poverty and empower producers in the world's poorest countries. The standards apply to producers and traders.

To find out more visit, https://www.fairtrade.net/


Stream 2: Projects

At LDC, we believe that project-based and Group-wide initiatives are a useful addition to certification. Projects can be run jointly by the industry, NGOs, governments and/or banks.

With this method, we are able to engage farmers whose coffee does not earn a certification stamp, but who will benefit from access to tools and training on sustainable agricultural practices. A good example is one of our recent projects in Indonesia, where we trained 3,500 farmers in Sumatra’s Lampung region.

Case Study

Empowering women in Indonesia

In 2017, LDC and JDE launched a three-year project to train and improve the living conditions and resilience of 3,500 farmers and their families in Indonesia’s Lampung province. Implemented by LDC agronomists, the program treats coffee farming as a family business, organizing training either for women only, or jointly for husbands and wives.

Case Study

Training farmers in Vietnam

Tin Nguyen, a senior LDC coffee agronomist, grew up in Vietnam’s Dak Lak province, the country’s coffee capital. Today, he works with farmers in his country, teaching smart agriculture techniques and conducting workshops on sustainable agricultural practices, including appropriate pesticide application, planting alternative plant species as well as bookkeeping and recent market trends.

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