IMPACT: A New Standard for Responsible Sourcing

IMPACT is Sucafina's responsible sourcing program that elevates and rewards farmers for their role in reshaping the coffee industry for good, benefiting farmers traders and roasters.

Together, we can build a more sustainable future. Together we can make an IMPACT.

Are you ready to make an IMPACT? 

Our Sucafina origins have already started to implement IMPACT in their supply chains. 

By early 2023, we hope to offer IMPACT-verified shipments from some origins via our usual spot and shipment offer lists. Our goal is for all of Sucafina's direct supply chains to be IMPACT verified by 2025. 

If you're a roaster interested in purchasing IMPACT-verified coffee, contact your trader to learn more.

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The IMPACT Program Includes:

The IMPACT Sustainability Standard: Provides assurance that the practices along Sucafina's supply chain are compliant with a range of social, environmental and economic standards. 

5 IMPACT Goals: Drive measurable, positive change in key areas of sustainability. Delivers transparency and shared value for all stakeholders. 

Verification with IMPACT

From climate change and deforestation to human rights, poverty and unsustainable farming practices, the coffee supply chain faces major challenges. With a growing demand for responsibly sourced coffee across the industry, we want to help roasters of all sizes achieve their sustainability goals.  Sucafina's IMPACT program sets a new standard to create a fairer and more resilient coffee industry. 

IMPACT Sustainability Standard verification assures compliance with 80 social, environmental and economic standards, modeled on the Global Coffee Platform's Sustainability Reference Code - the industry standard for benchmarking sustainability responsible sourcing programs. The program will also deliver measurable improvement across 5 IMPACT goals. 

Measurable. Sustainable. Impactful. 

There are 80 indicators, or criteria, in the IMPACT Sustainability Standard: Critical Indicators and Improvement Indicators. The 10 Critical Indicators are mandatory for all farmers and facilities in the supply chain. They are designed to eliminate human rights abuse. Improvement Indicators cover all other sets of sustainable practices and must be improved over time. 

Suppliers who comply with all of the Critical Indicators and the required number of Improvement Indicators will be classed as "sustainably sourced."

 Each supply chain is also assessed according to the 5 IMPACT Goals and must have a baseline assessment and an improvement plan in place that can be evaluated at subsequent audits. 

Supply chains will be audited by a third party every 3 years. Audits must take place during the harvest season to properly test the adoption of best practices. 

IMPACT for All Stakeholders

Impact will become one of the most important tools for achieving Sucafina's purpose of reshaping our industry by creating shared value for all stakeholders. To do this, IMPACT incorporates our 3 sustainability pillars: Caring for People, Investing in Farmers and Protecting Our Planet. 

 IMPACT for farmers:

  • Advice and training on best practices.
  • See greater demand for their coffee from an industry that needs more responsibly sourced coffee.
  • Participate in projects to reduce carbon emissions and deforestation and to increase living income, gender equity and regenerative agriculture. 

IMPACT for communities:

  • More investment in projects to improve their social and environmental conditions.

IMPACT for roasters:

  • A greater source of responsibly sourced coffees.
  • Real-world data about the sustainability of Sucafina's supply chains and its suppliers. 
  • Opportunities to participate in discussions and projects with Sucafina to improve the 5 IMPACT areas. 
  • Greater engagement with farmers.