Sustainable farming, the norm

UTZ is a program and label for sustainable farming of coffee, cocoa, tea and hazelnuts. Our mission is to create a world where sustainable farming is the norm.

Better farming, better future

The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of people and the environment.

Strict requirements

The compliance with UTZ’s strict requirements by farms and businesses is closely monitored by independent third parties.

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How UTZ drives better wages for farm workers

This month the Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC) published its 10th living wage benchmark, a significant step in ensuring farm workers are paid a decent wage. UTZ is committed to improving workers’ conditions and is one of the six standards working with the GLWC. But what exactly are these benchmarks and why are they needed?

Everything you need to know about tea

You might have it every morning for breakfast or in the afternoon with biscuits, but what do you really know about it? We go over all you need to know about tea — what it is, where its grown, how its produced and the challenges facing the industry.

Voices from the field

Why quality is the key to future-proof coffee farming

Peruvian coffee farmers are facing new challenges such as climate change. How can they make sure they’re ready for the future? Here they share their secret of good coffee: focus on quality. “Certification means more money to do the extra activities that improve quality and make the cooperative more sustainable for the future.”

Your questions answered

Is rice part of the UTZ program?

One-fifth of the world’s population depends on rice cultivation. The Sustainable Rice Platform is tackling the social and environmental challenges associated with rice production. UTZ’ Geert Eenhoorn explains how UTZ is applying its experience in cocoa, coffee and tea to help transform the rice sector to become more sustainable.

Latest UTZ news

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Changes in UTZ’s Supervisory Board composition

We are happy to announce the appointment of two new Supervisory Board (SB) members. The UTZ SB oversees the Executive Team and for a number of important matters, the SB’s approval is required before the Executive Team can pass resolutions. The Supervisory Board has a multi-stakeholder composition and should at a minimum, have members drawn […]

Request for proposals for external evaluation

[CLOSED] UTZ is inviting proposals for an external evaluation of its coffee program in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala (2005-2015). Deadline for applications: December, 4. The evaluation will be carried out between January and June, 2017. Documents necessary to apply: Request for Proposals Quality Standard for External Evaluations Expression of Interest (narrative format) Expression of Interest […]

UTZ named best sustainability label for cocoa, coffee and tea

A new study has named the top 11 sustainability labels in the Netherlands, with UTZ receiving the highest score out of all the labels that cover cocoa, coffee and tea. 90 labels and food brands were ranked on their sustainability requirements, transparency and control processes. Other labels listed in the top 11 alongside UTZ included […]

UTZ announces new Global Markets Director

We are pleased to announce that UTZ’s leadership team has been strengthened with the appointment of a new Global Markets Director, Justin Leavenworth. Justin will focus on leading UTZ’s relationships with companies around the world, helping them to put sustainability at the core of their business practices. His expertise lies in strategic business growth and […]

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