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The Path to Deforestation-Free Coffee Production and Supply in Compliance with European Union Regulation

In the ever-evolving landscape of the demand for sustainable practices and regulations, the coffee industry stands at the forefront of change.  With projections indicating future coffee demand and the looming effects of climate change on suitable coffee-growing regions, the potential for Coffee to drive deforestation worldwide is a pressing concern. Among the seven commodities driving deforestation, Coffee ranks within the top five, accounting for 7.0% of the total, trailing behind Palm Oil, Soy, Wood, and Cocoa (Café Imports Europe: 2024)

Deforestation-free coffee production: Coffee ranks 5th among the top 7 products driving deforestation (www.koltiva.com)

Recognized as a significant contributor to global deforestation and forest degradation, Coffee is explicitly listed among the agricultural sectors affected by the new European Union Deforestation-Free Regulation (EUDR). This is where EUDR compliance steps in—a pivotal framework ensuring Coffee's ethical sourcing and production. A recent article by Daily Coffee News mentioned that coffee production alone is estimated to cause approximately 100,000 hectares of deforestation globally each year (Daily Coffee News: 2023).  

 

By adhering to this regulation, compliant Coffee adheres to stringent criteria, guaranteeing that each sip enhances the planet and supports the individuals involved in its production. So, what exactly does EUDR signify for coffee businesses? Let's explore the significance of this directive and its profound implications for the coffee industry.


What Does EUDR Mean for Coffee Businesses?

A coffee farmer harvesting beans in a deforestation-free coffee production environment (www.koltiva.com)

At its core, EUDR establishes comprehensive standards to advance sustainability, transparency, and fairness within the coffee supply chain. From the cultivation of coffee beans to the final packaging, EUDR mandates strict adherence to criteria prioritizing environmental preservation, ethical sourcing, and social responsibility. By establishing precise guidelines, EUDR ensures that coffee producers maintain the highest levels of sustainability across all production phases.

 

Fundamentally, EUDR dictates that all Coffee entering or leaving the EU must adhere to the following principles:

  • Deforestation-free: Ensuring that coffee products purchased, utilized, and consumed by Europeans do not contribute to deforestation or forest degradation, both within the EU and globally.

  • Compliance with relevant legislation in the country of production.

  • Accompanied by a due diligence statement confirming a minimal risk of non-compliance.


How Can Coffee Companies Demonstrate Compliance with These Requirements? 

The EUDR outlines a method for companies to conduct due diligence, involving three key steps. 


  • Collect additional information on products. The rule says EU operators are mandated to trace the products they sell back to their origin, down to the specific plot of land where they were produced. A provision also allows smaller operators to rely on larger ones to prepare due diligence statements. Data collection involves detailed information such as product descriptions, tariff codes, quantities (kg), countries of production, and buyer and seller details. Moreover, the data requirements specify that each Coffee must be traceable to the farms where it originated, utilizing geolocation data. A single data point is sufficient for farms smaller than four (4) hectares, while larger farms require a polygon with three (3) or more vertices. Additionally, other necessary information includes verifiable confirmation that the product complies with the legislation of the country where it was produced. 

 

  • Conducting a Risk Assessment. Farm geolocation data will be used to map risks using satellite technology. Each product requires a risk assessment to identify non-compliance risks with the EUDR. These risks will be evaluated by categorizing the country of production, which is yet to be published by the EU Commission. Risk categorization will classify producing countries as 'high risk,' 'standard risk,' or 'low risk.' 

 

  • Mitigate Risks. Upon identification, coffee companies must mitigate any risks in their supply chains. This may involve gathering additional data and collaborating directly with suppliers or independent auditors. Coffee companies can actively engage with their suppliers to ensure they understand and comply with the EUDR's deforestation-free standards. This may involve training, resources, and support to help suppliers implement sustainable practices. 


How Can Coffee Businesses Get Ready for the EUDR? 

To anticipate and stay proactive in response to the European Union Regulation on Deforestation-Free Products (EUDR), businesses can take several pivotal steps: 

  • Map your supply chains: Attain comprehensive visibility into your supply chain, meticulously tracing products to their origins. Identify any deficiencies in traceability or regions posing heightened risks. 

  • Give priority to risk assessments: Establish robust due diligence mechanisms for collecting, verifying, and reporting the origins and manufacturing practices or production methods of your commodities and goods. 

  • Execute risk mitigation: Based on your risk appraisal, collaborate directly with suppliers to enhance practices and compliance. Engage with suppliers to ensure they grasp the EUDR requirements and undertake requisite compliance measures. 

  • Continuously monitor progress: Compliance is an ongoing endeavor. Stay abreast of the latest updates and directives regarding the EUDR, as the regulation and its execution may undergo alterations. 


How is KOLTIVA Helping Businesses Meet EUDR Requirements?  

A coffee farmer harvesting beans in a deforestation-free coffee production environment (www.koltiva.com)

In response to regulatory pressures, KOLTIVA expanded its solutions to assist businesses through a modular approach based on its KoltiTrace MIS (Management Information System). This robust producer mapping and traceability platform offers a scalable solution for independent suppliers to meet the forthcoming EUDR regulations. 

 

Additionally, KOLTIVA's extension services, KoltiSkills, also provide solutions for processors and manufacturers needing more field staff or third-party assistance. These services include sustainable supply chain mapping, transactional traceability support, and risk mitigation services in the field. 

 

The latest addition to KOLTIVA's modular approach for EUDR solutions is KoltiVerify. This solution enables manufacturers to independently verify their supply chain data for suppliers using another platform solution, or KoltiTrace, for supply chain mapping without utilizing KoltiSkills services. Data is evaluated based on completeness, quality, and EUDR compliance. Sample verification visits are available upon request. 


Detect Deforestation in Your Coffee Supply Chain for Sustainable Sourcing with KOLTIVA

Achieve transparency across every stage of your supply chain and equip yourself for the EUDR. By collaborating closely with your suppliers, trace the trajectory of your products right back to the source. Identifying concealed risks and enhancing the sustainability of your supply chain has never been more straightforward!

 

Connect with our experts today to discover how our platform can fortify your business against the ever-changing landscape of sustainability regulations.


Why Work with KOLTIVA?

  • 61 Countries, 52 Commodities, 11+ Years. Extensive Global Experiences, with a team of 900+ professionals across 4 global regions, we deliver tailored solutions to support 8.600+ enterprises to achieve transparent and resilience supply chains. 

  • From EUDR, CSRD, FSMA, CSDDD and Others. Comprehensive regulatory guidance. Our expertise help businesses to navigate EUDR and other regulatory requirements, ensuring it compliance with industry standards. 

  • Assist Coffee Businesses in 17+ Countries. Empowering more than coffee farmers from our Coffee clients in 17 countries from Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Brazil & more.

  • Beyond Regulatory Landscape. Tailored solutions integrate regulatory compliance with human-centered tech & Boots-on-the-Ground to support a sustainable sourcing journey from supply chain mapping & verification, risk assessments, capacity building & more.

  • Award-Winning & Media Praised Company. Our commitment to fostering transparent and resilient supply chains is mirrored in our award-winning solutions and positive media recognition.


Click here to download our recent EUDR Mastery, or get in touch at www.koltiva.com/eudrcompliance.



 

Resources:

  1. Café Imports Europe: 2024 - Florence Pendrill et al., "Agricultural and Forestry Trade Drives Large Share of Tropical Emissions. 

  1. Daily Coffee News: 2023 - Eight Ways the EUDR is Likely to Affect Coffee Supply Markets.


About Writer:

Writer: Gusi Ayu Putri Chandrika Sari, Social Media Officer at Koltiva

Editor: Boby Hermawan, Head of Digital Marketing at Koltiva


Gusi Ayu Putri Chandrika Sari, serving as Koltiva's dedicated Social Media Officer, brings an impressive six-year track record in communications, bolstered by a profound enthusiasm for sustainability, technology, and agriculture. Her extensive experience in communications has honed her skills in crafting compelling narratives and engaging content across various digital platforms.

3 Comments


Guest
May 13

with KOLTIVA's solutions offering practical ways to make a difference, it's like being part of a movement towards a brighter, greener future.

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Guest
May 13

The way it talks about sustainability in the coffee industry, especially with the European Union's Deforestation-Free Regulation (EUDR), feels so relatable and important. And the mention of KOLTIVA's solutions? It's like finding a guiding light amidst the complexities of ethical sourcing.

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Guest
May 13

What an inspiring read! This article beautifully captures the essence of sustainability in the coffee industry, with a heartfelt exploration of the EUDR and KOLTIVA's solutions, offering hope and practical pathways towards more ethical and transparent supply chains

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