The mission of the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.
Respect - Every woman has a unique and valid voice; therefore, the IWCA respects every person and their ideas.
Sustainability - The IWCA supports programs that foster harmony of environmental, social and economic impact.
Equity - The IWCA supports programs that encourage the equitable allocation of resources in the world.
Integrity - Serving women in coffee is the ultimate goal of the IWCA and to further this goal, all decisions are made with honesty and integrity.
Collaboration - Communities hold the solutions to their own problems, therefore the best way to impact these communities is through collaboration and partnership.
Empowerment - The IWCA supports actions that strengthen women to realize their full potential.
Inclusion - The IWCA supports the inclusion of all - men, women, and youth - working together to achieve positive impact through empowered communities.
IWCA Code of Conduct
These values are the basis for the IWCA Code of Conduct, adopted by the IWCA Global Board of Directors in October 2018. The IWCA Code of Conduct outlines the expectations for the conduct of all IWCA Chapter members, volunteers, supporters, and partners. The IWCA is a nonpartisan organization. We recognize that there are many interest groups involved in the global coffee industry and we expect the country chapters to also be nonpartisan, particularly on any issues with that have a political implication. We welcome the efforts of all individuals and private and public organizations that share our mission of empowering women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives.
The IWCA Platform: What We Do
The International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) leads women's empowerment in the international coffee industry by supporting a global network of independent, self-organized, self-governing, organizations, called IWCA Chapters. Each IWCA Chapter develops and implements their own goals and objectives to advance their communities, following the IWCA Chapter Formation Protocol. As a global network, the IWCA platform provides:
a protocol to leverage the drive of individuals to accomplish greater impact through collective action ("IWCA Chapter Formation Protocol")
a global network connecting women in coffee to share, support, and learn from one another
a focal point to enable global and local partnerships
a common brand identity representing support for the IWCA mission.
For a summary, please download the 2019 IWCA Overview.
In 2003, women from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the US came together to focus on their shared interest: improve all aspects of the coffee industry by empowering and connecting women. With their vision, and the support of our founding partners, the idea for IWCA was born.
Over time and with important partnerships , this idea grew to be an established organization that connects individuals, communities, and partners; and in so doing empowers women to lead themselves, their familiy and communities, and the global industry, to sustainable livelihoods.