FAQs: Deferred Candidacy Policy + Review of Host City Selection Criteria
A list of frequently asked questions regarding the Deferred Candidacy policy recently announced by the SCA Board of Directors and the pending review of selection criteria for future host cities of world championship events. For the latest information on this topic, visit scanews.coffee/dcpolicy.
Per the announcement on November 9th, more information on the new policy and the ad hoc committee will be available at the end of 2017. The SCA Board and WCE staff are in the process of drafting a document that will provide clarity to many of the important concerns raised by the community, which will help inform the procedures of the policy.
Prior to unification, the parent organizations of WCE (SCAA and SCAE) would have first refusal on World Championships. The remaining Championships that were not allocated would go out to tender with a document called Request for Proposal (RFP). Details of the hosting requirements were given in the RFP for each competition. Submissions were reviewed in consideration of the host’s experience with conferences and exhibitions and ability to meet the requirements in the RFP. The host city would be considered for its areas of attraction, receptiveness for the event, and benefit to the WCE’s global representation and outreach.
The criteria for selecting host cities for international competitions did not previously consider legal issues that may have an impact on competitors, judges, volunteers and others. The current selection process and criteria will be reviewed by an ad-hoc committee developed by the SCA Board for site selection beginning with 2019 event locations. The SCA Board is committed to including human rights considerations in the revised selection criteria.
The privacy and security of our competitors is of utmost importance to us. A competitor’s reasons for deferment will remain strictly confidential every step of the way. The SCA/WCE will only publicly communicate the decision to defer, not the cause.
We are aware of concerns that a member of the LGBTQIA community would have to out themselves to get a deferment. We want to be clear: Coming out (or revealing any specifics of your reason for deferment) is most definitely not a requirement to deferment and we will ensure that this is stated in the policy document to be published in the coming months.
These details will be included in the final policy document. We are very aware of the dangers that exist for competitors who identify as LGBTQ+ in having to out themselves or being outed by this process. We want to be clear: Coming out (or revealing any specifics of your reason for deferment) is most definitely not a requirement to deferment and we will ensure that this is stated in the policy document to be published in the coming months.
The Deferred Candidacy policy does not cover financial obstacles as National Bodies or Chapters currently cover travel and accommodation costs for competitors attending world championship events. Competitors with concerns around financial issues are encouraged to approach their National Bodies or Chapters who are committed to supporting the community as much as possible.
Details on the types of health issues or bereavement that qualify for a Deferred Candidacy will be available in the policy document to be published in the coming months. The intention of the policy is to provide opportunity, so the focus is less about documenting the reason and more about saving the competitor’s heard-earned spot in the competition. In the meantime, competitors with urgent questions or concerns are encouraged to write to us at [email protected].
Yes, denied visas will be covered under the Deferred Candidacy policy.
The Deferred Candidacy policy applies only to national champions who will represent their country at the world championship events. We encourage competitors with concerns about regional competitions to contact their elected National Body or Chapter representatives.
The Deferred Candidacy policy applies only to national champions. We want to be clear that we acknowledge, respect, and thank our judges and volunteers for investing their time and money into competitions. The objective of the DC policy is to provide options for competitors who have earned the right to represent their country at the international level and to address the compulsory nature of the world championship competitions.
That said, the DC policy is only the first step in the process. The SCA Board will be creating a committee to review site selection policies to help reduce instances in which judges, volunteers, competitors, and attendees might feel unsafe or unwelcome.
Yes, if a competitor defers one year, their National Body or Chapter will have the option to send the next placing champion to compete in their place. What changes with the DC policy is that now the competitor who is unable to attend the competition does not lose their spot.
Yes, there could be two competitors from the same country in one year. As the national championships will still be annual events, the deferred candidate and the newly crowned champion would both be representing the country in the next world event.
This is a tough question to which we don’t currently have an answer. We will certainly consider outlining clear guidelines on this in the DC policy document but it may be a case-by-case situation.
This is a good question to which we currently do not have an answer. We will make sure the full policy document covers this.
The application would be collected by WCE; however, we would need to notify the National Body or Chapter and align the planning for the deferral.
General counsel saw and approved the announcement, but to be clear we have only announced the policy. The nuanced processes and structure that support the policy are still being written, with feedback from the community considered. An update on the DC policy and the ad hoc committee created to review site selection criteria will be available at the end of 2017.
The United States represents the SCA’s largest member base by country. As of yet, the US is not an official National Chapter. However, we are working on a suitable framework to establish a National Chapter in the United States in 2019. Our office in Santa Ana, California, will continue to produce the US National Coffee Championships, as this structure has been carried over from the heritage SCAA, and we hope to encourage more US-based members to volunteer and contribute to the numerous events, activities, and initiatives taking place around the US.
World Coffee Events (WCE) is a for-profit limited company, registered in Ireland in Europe. It was established in 2011 and at its inception was co-owned by SCAA and SCAE, each holding a 50% equal share. Following unification in 2017 all assets were transferred to SCA, now holding a total 100% stake in the organization.
While WCE is a for-profit company, all profits are re-invested in WCE and SCA programs. No individuals take profits from WCE.
WCE employs a staff of 12, based in the US, Europe, and Taiwan and is led by Cindy Ludviksen, WCE Managing Director. Cindy and her team are supported by the WCE Board of Directors and the WCE Advisory Board.
Prior to the unification of SCA, the Advisory Board was formed of the Executive Directors of the two parent associations (SCAA and SCAE), two senior staff of the parent associations, a group of volunteers appointed by the parent associations, and the Managing Director of the WCE (who was a non-voting member).
The committees of the Events Advisory Council are in development. In the meantime, while the DC policy document is finalized and this committee is formed, deferment requests will be handled by the current WCE Advisory Board.
Like any event organizer, WCE does not announce host cities until all contracts and agreements have been signed. This is a business transaction and so a formal contract is generated and reviewed by directors and legal counsel before being signed. The contract includes the usual terms you would expect to find in a business agreement between two companies, including sanctions for reneging on said contract.
The SCA and WCE, as member-owned organizations, have a duty to the membership to fulfill agreements and contractual obligations.
Contracts include confidentiality clauses, which is why we have not and cannot publish them.