traceability from farmer to buyer
MaxTRACE is a robust supply chain management and verification system that tracks the activities of all of GLC's supply chain from farmer to export. The system includes an integrated sourcing dashboard, farmer registration system, purchasing application and a supply chain/financial tracking system.
In 2019, GLC launched its MaxTRACE verification standard, which is designed to offer a comparable level of ethical sourcing assurance to certification programs such as Rainforest Alliance, UTC, Café Practices, etc. at a substantially lower cost.
Today, the MaxTRACE system tracks more than 22,000 GLC farmers’ data related to the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of their households.
Farmer households are registered on theMaxTRACE system. Farmers and employees are trained in record keeping to ensure the coffee is traceable throughout the supply chain. All active MaxTRACE farmers across Uganda are given a GLC identity card, which is shown during each training to monitor attendance.
An on-farm inspection and sustainability survey is conducted for each registered farmer household.The farm inspection is performed by a trained, full-time “GLC Farm Inspector,” who gathers economic, environmental and social sustainability information on each farmer on each farmer.
Farmer coffee purchases are recorded, including quantity, type of coffee, farmer and transaction details.
Records that detail the coffee purchases and logistics are made, such as branch delivery reports, weigh note details, grading reports from the dry mill and contracts.
Farmers’ Agri-business Trainings are recorded, monitored, and cross-referenced with farmers' progress in growing better/more coffee.