Our values - and our guiding principles
Our values are what we share. As family businesses, we have a long-term view - and a sincere interest in creating a more sustainable coffee sector.
We are convinced that the global coffee market needs a strong smallholder farmer base in order to ensure the supply of quality and variety.
Each individual farmer, embedded in his community or cooperative, is a partner to us. Our aim is to create a “level playing field" by supporting farmer competitiveness. In our experience, a grassroots and hands-on project approach, working at market conditions, is the most effective way to achieve this aim.
Continuous development has to be based upon a balance of the economic, social and environmental dimensions. The commitment of ICP with the farmer communities is therefore on a long-term basis. Established sustainability certifications can support this development but have to be based upon solid professionalization of the farmers and the introduction of improved practices.
“What you see is what you get.” We make ourselves accountable to all our stakeholders, publish our objectives and results on our website and are independently audited on an annual basis.