We are a private and federated entity; therefore, we have an administrative and a union structure.
As a union and administrator of resources of the National Coffee Fund (FoNC), the FNC’s orientation at the different hierarchical levels is exercised through the following bodies:
Over 340,000 federated coffee growers
As a private company, the FNC organizational structure develops and implements initiatives, projects and programs aligned with its sustainability strategy to make the provision of public goods and services a reality and increase the benefits delivered to Colombian coffee growers and their families.
Municipal Coffee Growers Committee
Highest authority of coffee growers at municipal level
Its main functions are serving as spokespersons of coffee producers, cooperating for success of campaigns carried out in the municipalities, and managing programs and actions that benefit coffee growers in its area of influence. The municipal committees are composed of 6 main members with their respective alternates, who are elected by direct vote of federated coffee producers of the respective municipality for a period of four years. There are currently 383 municipal committees in 17 coffee departments. These committees can be formed in the municipalities (or the grouping of several) that have at least 400 federated coffee producers and whose annual production is at least 60,000 arrobas of dry parchment coffee.
Departmental Coffee Growers Committee
Highest union governing body at departmental level
Its main functions are organizing and promoting the union in each department (ensuring the correct and timely provision of the FNC services to coffee producers) and managing programs and actions that benefit them. Each departmental committee is made up of 6 main members with their respective alternates, who are elected every 4 years by direct vote of the federated coffee producers of the respective department. At national level, there are 15 departmental committees, one in each department whose coffee production is greater than 2% of the national total.
It is equivalent to the Board of Directors of a private company
In our case, it is made up of a representative from each of the 15 departmental coffee grower committees. Its main functions are to guide and supervise union and administrative matters, formulating policies and adopting the necessary measures to ensure the development and defense of coffee growing and its industry.
National Coffee Growers Committee
Body of coordination of the coffee policy between the union and the Government
Made up of 4 government representatives: Ministers of Finance, Agriculture and Commerce and the Director of the National Planning Department, plus the members of the Steering Committee. This instance exists because the FNC is delegated by the national Government to administer the National Coffee Fund (FoNC), an account of public coffee resources.
National Coffee Growers Congress
Highest deliberation and decision-making body of the union
It is made up of 6 delegates from each of the 15 departmental committees. That is, 90 coffee growers whose voice and vote is that of all the coffee-growing families in the country.
Chief Executive Officer
Since August 12, 2015, Roberto Vélez Vallejo has served as CEO of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation and as the top leader of Colombian coffee growers. Born in the city of Pereira, he is an economist from the Universidad del Rosario, with postgraduate studies at the University of Brighton, in England, and New York University. In his recognized professional career, his work of two decades at the FNC stands out, an institution where he held relevant positions from 1985 to 2008 such as Head of the Sales Department of the Marketing Division, Colombian Government’s Commercial Advisor on coffee matters towards the Government of Japan, Deputy Commercial Director, FNC Director in Asia, and finally Chief Commercial Officer, a position he held for six years. He also held diplomatic positions of great relevance as Ambassador of Colombia to Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan.
Chief Administrative and Financial Office
It plans, directs, articulates and controls the financial, human, physical and technological policies and resources of the organization to achieve financial sustainability of the FoNC and the FNC. It contributes to the definition of directives aimed at proper management of real estate owned by the FNC and the National Coffee Fund in order to make their best use for the benefit of the operation or to make these real estate assets profitable. It directs the analysis, evaluation and control of financial statements of the FNC, the FoNC and related companies, ensuring compliance with technical legal and fiscal provisions. It also ensures serving the public and private control bodies involved in audit or supervision of the FoNC resources or other private and cooperation resources.
Chief Technical Office
It is responsible for generating, adapting and transferring scientific and technological knowledge according to needs of coffee growers in production, harvesting and wet milling matters to ensure sustainability and profitability of coffee growing. In addition, through the departmental coffee grower committees, it participates in the instances that set the development policies of the coffee regions with active participation of producers and their families within the framework of profitability and ecological sustainability.
Chief Commercial Office
It permanently develops business opportunities for marketing of green and industrialized coffee, with new products and brands to make coffee farming a profitable and sustainable business for producers and their families. This CCO participates in the instances that set the coffee marketing policies, guides their implementation taking into account the prevailing conditions, prices, customers, channels, contracts and distribution, and directs preparation of necessary studies, market analyses, concepts and reports. In addition, the commercial process designs strategies for timely coffee sourcing, strengthening the purchase guarantee through the development and consolidation of different channels and stronger relationships with cooperatives.
Where we are
We have departmental and municipal committees in all rural areas of the country where coffee is produced. Our headquarters is located in Bogotá DC, and we have representation offices in the United States, the Netherlands, Japan and China, key markets for Colombian coffee.