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 […]
The UN IPCC climate report makes it clearer than ever before: we are at a critical point for the future of the planet. RA’s climate director weighs in on how the natural climate solutions emphasized in the report—like those at the heart of our mission— are essential to limiting the global temperature rise below the 1.5 degrees.
Gender equality between men and women is a key component of sustainable farming. Not only is it a human right, it is an effective strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction. Julius Ng’ang’a, country rep. for Kenya explains the current challenges and why it’s so important to work in partnership to reach gender equality.
There are at least 560 million female farmers and farm workers in the world, comprising, on average, 43% percent of the agricultural labor force. But they face a multitude of challenges. UTZ gender expert Joky François explains why gender equality is vital for sustainable agriculture, and what the UTZ progarm is doing about it.
Pesticides can be harmful for farmers, consumers and the environment. That’s why on UTZ farms pesticides are only used as a last resort. Fabian Calvo Romero, UTZ’s pest management expert explains how integrated pest management works in practice with examples from around the world.
Prize-winning VR project Tree comes to Rotterdam For the first time, the Dutch public will be able to experience the ambitious and prize-winning 4D virtual reality project Tree from October 25 through October 28 during the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 (WFFR). During this unique VR experience you can actually feel, smell and see what […]
International coffee prices have recently hit their lowest levels for 12 years, and according to representatives of coffee producers in Colombia and Brazil are now below production costs. These declining prices are having a devastating impact on the 25 million coffee families worldwide and on the landscapes they help to manage and depend on. At […]
The Rainforest Alliance extends its deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed in the September 28 tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. We have been watching with dismay as the death toll rises in an area where we have worked for many years. We are also deeply concerned about […]
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 […]