The CCA is Committed to A Sustainable Future

The CCA is dedicated to creating a better industry for all and for the future; through our Sustainability Membership Survey, Lighting Up Lives Program, direct statements and education of the industry, and continued work with member organizations.

Our Sustainability Charter

“We, the members of the Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA), will act with conscious leadership and intention toward creating an increasingly sustainable and equitable coconut industry. CCA affirms our commitment and action toward protecting and enhancing the environment, securing our supply chains, and nurturing our farmer communities through supporting sustainable business practices.”

Sustainability Membership Survey

Survey Overview

Created from the CCA Sustainability Charter, the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals, and member input, this survey aims to benchmark and inspire a more conscious and action driven industry.

The survey is built to gage an organizations’ plans, objectives, and actions; and how complaint they are with the Sustainability Charter and UNSDGs. Click the image or button below to view the most recent survey, 2023. Detailed explanations and a response aide are included.

Directly from Charter:

  • Conscious leadership and active intention
  • Commitment towards protecting the environment
  • Taking action towards protecting the environment
  • Securing supply chains to ensure against food
    fraud and adulteration
  • Nurturing farmers and their communities
  • Supporting sustainable business practices

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
    • To reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
    • To ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15: Life on Land
    • Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Lighting Up Lives Program

What is Lighting Up Lives?

In June 2021, the Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA) launched the Lighting Up Lives program to support and provide resources for coconut farmers in the Philippines by providing them with solar panel lighting to offer light at night. In 2022, Lighting Up Lives provided nutritional support, school supplies and protection from the elements to the children of coconut farmers in various regions throughout the Philippines.

In 2023, Lighting Up Lives is focusing on the community of Brgy. San Francisco in Tagkawayan, Quezon Province to provide education, tools and resources to increase the farmers’ income and productivity, ensure food security, and encourage preventative health practices.

“Coconut farmers are essential to the coconut industry,” said CCA Executive Director Len Monheit. “Lighting Up Lives aims to uplift the entire farming community, not just individuals, through education, resources, and continued support.”

Lighting Up Lives Recent Projects

Farm Productivity and Tools

Our Commitment:

Coconut farmers, along with the next generation of farmers in line, will undergo comprehensive training on proper farm maintenance techniques and the safe use of farming and harvesting tools.

Utilizing Organic Fertilizer

Our Commitment:

Coconut farmers, as well as their next-generation family members who are set to manage the farm, will receive comprehensive training on various organic fertilizers and techniques to enhance their farm’s yields.

Backyard Farming

Our Commitment:

Coconut farmers and their family members will receive comprehensive training covering planting, caring, cultivating, and harvesting techniques as well as backyard farming starter kits.

Coco Health Card

Our Commitment:

The project will provide coconut farmers and their families with access to doctors and essential medicines with routine check-ups and free, quarterly maintenance medications.

Learn more about the Lighting Up Lives Program 

The CCA Continues to Honor Our Statements

The Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA), a leading voice of the coconut industry, does not condone the use of trained monkeys for harvesting coconuts. CCA members do not approve of or engage in this practice, nor do they source from suppliers who utilize trained monkey labor.

As part of the CCA Membership, within our code of conduct, all members fully commit to sustainable, responsible and humane harvesting practices. Members who discover that their supplier engages in the practice of using trained monkeys will shift sourcing and cease business arrangements with that supplier. Should a member be found to be in violation of these practices, that member will have their membership suspended until such time they can confirm compliance.

Your supplier(s) may have specific position papers from their respective company(s) and we encourage you to ask them for their written statements for your records.

Please contact CCA Executive Director Len Monheit at with any questions.

The Coconut Coalition of the Americas and its Members

(July 2020)

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