Update April 24th, 2018, In January 2018, UTZ merged with the Rainforest Alliance. We are joining forces because we know that together we can have a greater impact and be a better partner to the many stakeholders we work with. Work is now underway to build our new organization and certification program.
UTZ & Rainforest Alliance - Joining forces
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. For the farmers and producers we work with, a lack of understanding on how to adapt could mean the loss of their business and their income. Meanwhile, bad agricultural practices such as slash and burn make a massive contribution to climate change.
Here you can find impact studies commissioned by UTZ, as well as a selection of other studies that look at the UTZ program. Download full reports, read UTZ’ responses to the studies or get a quick overview of the reports’ highlights on our 2 pagers. Towards Sustainable Cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire Cocoa Côte d’Ivoire 2013 […]
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.”
How one Indian coffee farmer group protects nature, empowers farmers and sets an example across a region
The Western Ghats Sustainable Farming Consortium is a coffee smallholder group in India dedicated to preserving the unique biodiversity of their region. We speak with Thribuvan Sathvik, member of the consortium, about how certification has improved their practices and how it’s empowering farmers to get more for their products.
The 2017 UTZ Tea Statistics Report shows a healthy sector, with expanding reach and growing market interest. Check our infographic for the latest market insights and download the full report.
The 2017 UTZ Cocoa Statistics Report reflects a market increasingly geared towards sustainability. Check our infographic for the latest market insights and download the full report.
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 […]
SAT4Farming, an initiative to reach thousands of small-scale cocoa producers with information and services to improve their productivity and sustainability, was announced today. It is designed to use digital technology and satellite imagery to create individual Farm Development Plans (FDPs) that guide farmers over a seven-year period. The digital FDPs provide a planning and monitoring […]
We are very concerned about the increasing sociopolitical crisis ongoing in Nicaragua already for nearly three months and how it impacts our staff, members and partners there. We have taken safety measures, which include cancelling all trips in the country. Within UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certification programs, there may be delays of recertification audits since […]
On May 16th over 30 stakeholders met in Accra, Ghana, to discuss the findings of a new study by Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) on the use of pesticides in Ghana’s cocoa sector. The workshop we organized created a lively exchange of knowledge between farmers, the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), COCOBOD, NGO’s, […]