Research shows that almost three-quarters of consumers expect companies to take care of the planet and society as a whole. Joining UTZ is an excellent way to provide independent assurance of your sustainable sourcing strategy, while securing you supply, strengthening your reputation and knowing where your products come from.
UTZ & Rainforest Alliance - Joining forces
The UTZ standard is the blueprint by which we can ensure our vision of sustainable agriculture becomes a reality. It includes two sets of guidelines, our Code of Conduct and our Chain of Custody, which together set the highest standards for the sustainable production of coffee, cocoa, tea and hazelnuts.
Better insight Gaining insight into the impact of the UTZ program is crucial for continuous improvement of our standards. That is why UTZ invests importantly in monitoring and evaluation. UTZ collects data directly from producers at the time of their registration, from auditors during the certification process and through its traceability system. UTZ commissions impact […]
Going the extra mile: how cooperative COAGRICSAL in Honduras is fighting child labor across the country
Beyond improving farming practices, farmer groups can also play an important role in fighting norms within their communities. COAGRICSAL, a coffee and cocoa coop in Honduras, is doing just that. We talk with sustainability manager, Roberto Lopez, to find out about the work they’re doing to stop child labor across the country.
More than just a delicious beverage – insights from Roberto Lopez, sustainability manager in Honduras
We talked with Roberto Lopez, sustainability manager at the COAGRICSAL cooperative in Honduras, about the challenges and rewards of his job supporting coffee and cocoa farmers across the region. He explains their motivations for certification, the role of companies in the supply chain, what’s in store for the future and more.
Leonie Haakshorst, Program Manager hazelnut: “Changing the hazelnut sector starts with understanding the challenges.”
UTZ’s hazelnut program launched in 2014 and has more than tripled in size since then. Understanding the program starts with understanding the sustainability concerns facing the sector. As we enter our fifth harvest, Leonie Haakshorst, manager of the UTZ hazelnut program, discusses with us the industry’s main challenges.
Josep Novell from Cafés Novell: “The consumer buys coffee because of its quality. If it’s certified, that’s a bonus.”
Josep Novell is CEO of Cafés Novell, a Spanish coffee roaster renowned for innovation. In 2002 the company became Spain’s first UTZ certified brand. We sat down with Josep to chat about the transition and lessons learned. “It’s difficult to explain the topic, but we have an opportunity to differentiate ourselves here in Spain.”
We are very concerned about the increasing sociopolitical crisis ongoing in Nicaragua already for nearly five months and how it impacts our staff, members and partners there. We have taken safety measures to protect our staff, such as limited travel. Within UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certification programs, there may be delays of recertification audits since the […]
When two NGOs, with two different sustainability standards decide to merge, the best they can do is combine their strengths and expertise to create a new organization with a greater impact. That means, redefining the standards and getting the best possible people to support that process. In this spirit, the new Rainforest Alliance has gathered […]
700,000 small-scale farmers in Kenya earn a living from coffee production. The sector contributes to 1% to the national GDP and 8% of the total agricultural export earnings. But the challenges the sector faces are big: low productivity, high cost of production, weak farmer groups, climate change, systemic poverty, aging coffee trees and farmers, social […]
Launched in 2014, the UTZ Hazelnut program has been supporting farmers and companies in Turkey and Georgia on their efforts towards a more sustainable sector. Ever since, the program is driven by over 100 members and encloses some of the largest international buyers and producers. We are now ready for the next step and to […]