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?

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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.”

Geert Eenhoorn
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.

UTZ easily explained in 9 icons

Don’t know how to quickly explain what UTZ is to colleagues or consumers? It’s now easier than ever! The UTZ wheel breaks down the UTZ program in one bold graphic and nine bite-sized videos.

Voices from the field

Rooibos: 2 farmers, 6 quick fire questions

Willie Nel owns a large rooibos plantation in Western Cape, South Africa, while father and son team Niklaas and Andries Slinger own a smaller plantation. Both are UTZ certified, but do they face the same benefits and challenges? We fired some quick questions at them to find out.

Everything you need to know about cocoa

Cocoa. You probably indulge in it regularly, but what do you know about how it’s made? Cocoa production is a massive and growing industry facing many challenges and opportunities. We go over everything you need to know about cocoa, from how it’s grown to who controls it.

How certification helps Abrabopa build a strong cocoa farmers’ organization

Abrabopa is one of the biggest cocoa associations in Ghana, with over 13,000 members from all the main production areas of the country. Executive Secretary Eliseus Opoku-Boamah shares with us how certification is helping them change their farmers’ lives for the better.

Our main aim is give a proposition to our customers and the industry as a whole that if you partner with us your supply will be secure and you can impact on small farmers’ income and productivity.
 
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