Be inspired. Be connected.
Make a difference.

7th – 8th October 2019
Basel, Switzerland


The GCP Country Congress and Membership Assembly 2019 is the exclusive gathering for national, international, public, and private sector stakeholders to learn, exchange, create, and collaborate to achieve real, measurable impact on the livelihoods of coffee farming families around the world.

Why you should attend!

Be inspired.

From best practices and industry trends to guidance on scaling up and real examples of sustainability leadership, learn and exchange on how coffee stakeholders are working together to tackle the most threatening issues facing a country’s coffee sector.

Be connected.

Meet and network with a diverse range of key decision-makers from business, government, NGOs, and other supply chain actors.

Make a difference

Discover concrete opportunities to develop or join collective action initiatives and achieve far greater impact on the livelihoods of coffee farming families.


7th October

9:00 —4:00

Country Congress (By Invitation Only)

Delegates from 11 National Coffee Platforms will come together for a learning and exchange workshop to strengthen the capacity of the platforms to tackle their country’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

4:30 —6:30

Country Platform Expo (GCP Members Only)

7:00 —10:00

Networking Reception (GCP Members Only)

Sustainability for GCP Members isn't just a buzzword or side-thought. It is core to their business strategy and to the individuals who represent them. Which is what makes such gatherings of GCP Members so kinetic. Join us for an evening of engaging discussion and meaningful connection.

8th October

GCP Membership Assembly (GCP Members Only)

9:00 —9:15

Welcome & Goals for the Day

9:15 —11:00

Your Launch Hub for Global Change: GCP's Past, Present, and Future

Find out what GCP Members, Country Platforms, and strategic partners are already doing to improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers. And how you can contribute to collectively address those systemic issues that hinder our efforts.

11:00 —11:30

Coffee break

Re-energize yourself with our favourite caffeinated beverage and say hello to familiar faces and get know new ones!

11:30 —1:00

GCP Member Initiatives: Co-developing collective action on identified sustainability gaps (Breakout Sessions)

GCP Member Initiatives connect national coffee platforms with the global coffee sector to collectively address the biggest issues in coffee production. This session will show you how to optimize your sustainability investments and multiply their impact through pooling resources, knowledge, and networks to tackle identified sustainability gaps that lead to meaningful, measurable, and long-term change.

1:00 —2:00

Co-Working Lunch

Good food goes hand in hand with good conversation! Enjoy your delicous lunch at one of many topic tables and exchange perspectives, ideas, and contact details.

2:00 —2:30

Board Elections & 2020 Plan

As a membership organization, GCP is driven by the collective ambition of its members. You are the sustainability leaders who shape the strategic direction of the organization and the ways in which it can best support you to accelerate your company's path towards sustainability. Which is why your voice is needed to shape the plan for 2020 as well as to elect those who will represent you at the Board level for the next 3 years.

2:30 —4:15

Think Tank to Action: Collectively Addressing the Price Crisis (Breakout Action Teams)

GCP Members understand that it is time to act and many are already working together to tackle the current price crisis and underlying issues. Whether through engaging with the international coffee exchanges, sharing sustainability commitments, collaborating with national coffee platforms, or cooperating with governmental and donor agencies, take this chance to further engage and collaborate with like-minded companies and contribute to long-term change for the future of coffee.

4:15 —4:30


The Global Coffee Platform's network of members and country platforms are all about action! Let's wrap up a day full of inspiration, exchange, and collaboration by setting out a clear collective ambition for the coming 12 months!

4:30 —5:00

Coffee Reception

Carry on the conversation with some delicious coffee and treats!


Hyperion Hotel
Messepl. 12
4058 Basel, Switzerland

How to get there >


GCP advises all GCP Members to check their individual status to travel to Switzerland and for those required to apply for a Visa, to submit their application with sufficient time. Please visit the Swiss Online Visa System for all visa relevant information.

If you require an official invitation for your visa application, we are happy to provide one. Please email

Travel &
Accommodation Subsidy

All GCP Members belonging to the Producer and Civil Society stakeholder groups located in a coffee producing country may apply for a Travel & Accommodation subsidy of up to US$1,500.

For information regarding eligibility and application, please view the Travel & Accommodation Subsidy policy. To apply for a Travel & Accommodation subsidy, please complete the Application Form and return to As the number of subsidies is limited, the Global Coffee Platform recommends those eligible to submit their application as early as possible to avoid missing out.


The Global Coffee Platform wants to make your stay in Basel hassle-free and enjoyable. Which is why we are pleased to offer all GCP Members with a discounted rate at the Hyperion Hotel.

Hyperion Hotel
Basel, Switzerland

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Board Nominations
& Elections

Do you or your company want to help steer the global coffee sector towards a thriving and sustainable future? Nominations for the GCP Board are now open. Find out which four (4) seats are up for election and to apply, please fill in the Motivation Sheet and return to Applications close Monday, September 16th 2019 COB (CEST).

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