Sustainable supply chains to build back better - Coffee in Colombia


Global supply chains have brought new opportunities for many countries to participate in global commerce, contributing to economic growth, the creation of jobs, and the reduction of poverty. However, the faults in all of the levels of the supply chain, joined with the current crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to a deficit in decent employment. This is why the European Union’s (EU) Program for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) in association with the International Labour Organization (ILO) has created the joint intervention that aims to promote decent work in global supply chains. The ILO’s office in the Andean Region is joining with the government, as well as employer and worker organizations to search for new knowledge, tools, orientation, and assessment in the matter of policies, technical assistance, and training to approach challenges and opportunities to create decent work in the coffee sector, allowing it to be more just, resilient and sustainable.

  1. Coffee is grown in more than 70 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latinamerica. About 80% of the coffee that is consumed world wide is grown by 25 million coffee farmers. Most of which are small producers with less than 5 hectares of land

Project Objectives

The project promotes more just, resilient, and sustainable global supply chains through policies and measures implemented by the tripartite constituents of the ILO, in order to achieve decent work in the context of COVID-19. The specific aims are as follows:

  • Foment more knowledge and comprehension about the deficits of decent work and the opportunities that lay in the coffee supply chain with those responsible for shaping policies, and all parties interested in facilitating the development of policies and measures based on empirical data and those who are sensitive to gender equality as a means to promote decent work.
  • Make sure that the constituents and interested tripartite members are better equipped to promote decent work in the global supply chain of coffee so that it could more just, resilient and sustainable.
  • Aid the constituents and interested tripartite members in the development and implementation of policies and measures that can reconstruct the coffee supply chain so that it could more just, resilient and sustainable.
  1. Coffee consumption has doubled in the last twenty years, and it is estimated that the global market for this product will reach 15,630 million dollars by 2024. Close to 65% of coffee in the global supply chain is produced in Brasil, Vietnam, and Colombia.

Project Outcomes

  • Enhanced knowledge and understanding of the decent work deficits and opportunities of the coffee supply chains among policymakers, social partners, and stakeholders to facilitate the development of evidence-based and gender-sensitive policies and measures to advance decent work.
  • Tripartite constituents and stakeholders are better equipped to advance decent work in fairer, more resilient, and sustainable supply chains.
  • Tripartite constituents and stakeholders further develop and implement policies and measures to build back better fairer, more resilient, and sustainable coffee supply chains.

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