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Cecafé joins European Commission in virtual dialogue session on sustainability

Cecafé joins European Commission in virtual dialogue session on sustainability

July 25 - 2023

Coffee Geography Magazine


The Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (Cecafé) participated, in the “III Round Table – Coffee and the European Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence ”, arranged virtually by the European Commission. 

At the event, European representatives presented the proposal for the European Directive on Corporate Due Diligence (CS3D), which addresses the issue of sustainability and, once in force, will be a determining factor in trade with Europe.

The Directive lays down rules on the obligations of large companies in relation to actual and potential human rights and the environmental impacts of their operations, including their value chains inside and outside Europe.

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“The third round table deepened the implications of this proposal for a Directive on the coffee value chain, identifying the main advances and challenges in Latin American countries in these aspects, as well as showing innovative partnership approaches to design and implement accompanying measures”, stated Marcos Matos, general director of Cecafé.

General Director of Cecafé, Marcos Matos

General Director of Cecafé, Marcos Matos

The Brazilian representatives discuss wide sustainability agendas during the session with emphasis on the Brazil Traceability Platform, currently being implemented by Cecafé to meet the new rules of world trade in times of ESG. 

“We presented our emphasis on the advances in sustainability in recent decades and the experience of the Forest Code and the Rural Environmental Registry ( CAR ) in obtaining polygons and georeferenced data”, he says.

Matos adds that, when presenting the Brazilian Traceability Platform, the advances in the country and the challenges of the coffee chain of custody were highlighted, encompassing the diversity of regions and producers, the formation of blends and even exports via containers. “As a result, Brazil proved to be prepared to comply with the new rules, with recognition of sustainability. For this reason, the country was chosen as a pilot project, in partnership with the European Union Agency for the Space Program ( EUSPA ) and the European Coffee Federation ( ECF ), to generate knowledge, experience and benchmarks to be replicated in several other countries”, he concludes. 

In addition to the general director of Cecafé, National Coffee Council (CNC) of Brazil, members of the Permanent Representation of Brazil to International Organizations in London, the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Minas Gerais (Seapa) were also present on the virtual session.