Update January 9, 2018, we announced that we have 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.
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. Identification of Suitable Tea Growing Areas in Malawi under Climate […]
A 2017 study on market potential for certified coffee in Belgium reveals that 3rd party certification could become the norm if large roasters would commit to sustainable sourcing. It also shows that certification schemes should collaborate to help change the perception of certification from a cost to an investment for companies.
Ria Stout, Chief Regional Officer of the new Rainforest Alliance, wrote UTZ’s first certification standard. She has dedicated her life to both organizations, which are now joining forces to amplify and accelerate sustainability transformation around the world. She sheds her light on the exciting journey.
January 2018 marks an auspicious beginning for the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, which have just formally merged into a new organization. Han de Groot, the CEO of the new Rainforest Alliance and the former executive director of UTZ, reflects on the shared vision that brought the two organizations together.
It’s been four years since we launched our hazelnut program. We check in for an update on the challenges of the sector, what we’ve done so far and how that informs our focus for the future.
Unpredictable weather patterns are having a growing impact on farmers around the globe, threatening the production of many crops. For the past three years there has been a severe drought in South Africa. This has major implications for the rooibos harvest, and means that not enough certified rooibos has been produced to fulfill demand from companies. […]
In May 2011, the first UTZ Standard Committee meeting took place. Now, six years later, we have to say goodbye to some of the ‘pioneers’ that have been with us for the three term maximum established by the committee. “At UTZ, we have been extraordinarily happy to be supported by such magnificent experts that have […]
UTZ is inviting proposals for an evaluation of the management, use and transparency of the UTZ premium throughout the supply chain. The deadline for applications is November 17, 2017. The evaluation will be carried out between December 2017 and May 2018. Documents necessary to apply: Request for proposals UTZ premium evaluation Expression of Interest form […]
Better together: collaboration is the way to make sustainable farming the norm by Han de Groot Today you can visit any supermarket and find numerous products carrying a sustainability label. It is easy to forget that certification is a relatively new phenomenon. The first sustainability labels started to appear 30 years ago on products such […]