The Tropical Commodity Coalition consists of ten non-governmental organisations: Hivos, Oxfam-Novib, Solidaridad, Oikos, Somo, Fairfood, India Committee of the Netherlands, BothEnds, Goede Waar&Co, Stop the Traffik and two trade unions: FNV Bondgenoten and CNV BedrijvenBond. It cooperates with NGOs and trade unions in coffee, tea and cocoa producing countries to improve the social, environmental and economic conditions at the beginning of these value chains.
Millions of rural households across the developing world are making a living out of coffee, tea and cocoa. They face many problems in these value chains, such as low incomes, miserable working conditions, inequality between men and women, child labour and environmental problems.
The TCC addresses the social, environmental and economic conditions in the tea, coffee and cocoa chains. The TCC aims to create an enabling environment for the Southern stakeholders (producers, workers, NGOs and unions) to join and provide input in the sustainable commodity debates at (inter-) national level. The TCC makes explicit and emphasizes the chain responsibility of related commercial actors to undertake action to continuously improve the social, economical and environmental conditions in the chains. The TCC promotes alliance building between the different stakeholders and to create equal opportunities for companies to adopt comparable standards and source their products accordingly. It monitors the developments in the three chains and it puts pressure on the laggard companies to improve their sustainability performance

Our Mission

TCC aims to improve the social, environmental and economic conditions at the beginning of the coffee, tea and cocoa supply chain.
TCC promotes:

  • the creation of a “level-playing field” for coffee, tea and cocoa, based upon minimum social, economic and environmental norms
  • the continuous improvement process of social, environmental and economic conditions
  • the inclusion of workers, smallholders and Southern NGOs in the improvement process

Our Strategy

TCC addresses the social, environmental and economic conditions in the coffee, tea and cocoa chains through organising informed debates, in both the South and the North.
TCC ensures coordination of the members’ activities where needed and compiles lessons learnt and promotes the interchange of strategies to build shared understanding and approaches to sustainability in these commodities.
TCC shares its knowledge and influences policies and plans of companies, standard bodies, CSR initiatives, governments, NGOs and unions to develop and implement sustainable practices efficiently throughout the coffee, tea and cocoa chains.
TCC creates an enabling environment for civil society stakeholders from producing countries to join and take an active part in the sustainable commodity debate.