Program Green Trace

Green Trace Partner Verification System

Indicators/Consultations

Introduction

In recent years, Brazilian coffee growing has stood out on the global market for its advanced level of sustainability in coffee production. Attuned to the market and faithful to its mission to conciliate its activities with reducing the negative impact on the environment, for more than a decade Comexim Ltd. has been implementing and updating good sustainable practices throughout its production chain, especially amongst our suppliers’ communities.

Every day, we seek to forge new partnerships and use tools that can help our partners adapt to sustainability guidelines and standards. This is why we have developed our internal verification program: Green Trace.

What it is

Green Trace is Comexim’s in-house verification program and its main purpose is to guide our supplier-partners in choosing mechanisms for continuous improvement, by adapting their internal processes and procedures to the demands and needs of consumer countries. The program consists of a set of guidelines on relevant and fundamental themes to ensure sustainability. Its content is divided into categories of practices, classifying them as prohibited, priority and recommended.

These continuous improvement mechanisms are offered to all sectors of the production chain, from coffee suppliers (regardless of their size and classification) to the warehouses and processing plants that process the coffee from partners validated by the program.  With this policy, we seek to prevent unintentional coffee blends and avoid supplying coffees from farms that do not comply with the country’s laws or that could damage the group’s overall results, the image of Comexim Ltd. and/or its clients. Our main objective is to contribute to the sustainable development of the coffee chain in a way that is consistent with our values.

Green Trace was developed based on the Coffee Sustainability Curriculum (CSC) and other existing sustainable agriculture standards and norms. As such, the program addresses topics that are in line with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and UN conventions, the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard 2020, Rainforest Alliance Supply Chain Requirements, Generic Fairtrade Standards, 4C Services GmbH and the Coffee Sustainability Curriculum of the Global Coffee Platform. This ensures that Green Trace is an internationally recognized set of standards and criteria for sustainable agriculture.

How it Works:

The Green Trace Program for individual and/or multi-site verification of partners is divided into three dimensions (economic, social and environmental) and structured around seven pillars of sustainability. Each dimension has a set of control points and principles that guide partners towards “Continuous Improvement” on their properties, ensuring compliance with current laws, the well-being of all living beings and the conservation of environmental resources.

The main pillars of GREEN TRACE are part of a system of verification and active participation by those involved which aims to: guarantee decent living and working conditions for coffee growers, employees and their families; protect primary forests and conserve natural resources such as water, soil, biodiversity and energy; and guarantee the economic viability of the business, which includes gains in a profitable activity for all participants in the coffee chain, as well as free access to markets and sustainable livelihoods.

All these topics are monitored through a set of questionnaires, interviews and on-site checks that guarantee compliance with the Green Trace Program. 

The Green Trace Sustainability Pillars

These pillars are divided into three dimensions of sustainability:

1 – Economic Dimension
2 – Social Dimension
3 – Environmental Dimension

These dimensions comprise criteria based on the Socio-Economic Register, plus 24 criteria for properties, within the theme that each of them falls under, classified according to the percentage of items met.

Property management

Monitoring of production costs and their records;

Environmental management

The environmental planning of the partner property is monitored in all its aspects: preservation, signage and recovery of conservation areas; waste management; water treatment systems, energy consumption, handling and storage of agrochemicals;

Soil fertility and nutritional management of coffee trees

Monitoring soil analysis, foliar analysis and technical recommendations;

Soil management and cover

Monitoring soil conservation, soil cover, weed management and mitigation of the “drought” effect;

Water usage and irrigation

Monitoring of the correct use of the irrigation system, whether the property has a Grant (legal rights), whether it respects the volume granted, not generating waste and whether there is a management of this consumption;

Integrated protection of coffee trees

This involves monitoring the diagnosis of pests and diseases, alternative ways of controlling these pests and diseases and controlling the use of agrochemicals, avoiding indiscriminate use;

Labor legislation, workers' safety, health and well-being

Compliance with current labor legislation is monitored, as well as whether working hours are respected, housing conditions are good, drinking water is available and if there is a qualification program for family succession in place.