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.Continue reading
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.
2017 marks two years since we launched the UEBT/UTZ herbal tea program. Alongside UTZ tea expert, Maya Sermeño, we take a look at all we’ve achieved and our approach moving forward.
In January 2018 we expect to complete the legal merger with the Rainforest Alliance and start working to build our new organization. Here we give an update on what’s been decided so far and what it means for you as a company. And we hope you’ll take part in our market consultation to help shape our value offering for companies.
Comprehensive research from the International Trade Centre published in June 2017 reveals sustainable trade and production are now growing faster than conventional markets thanks to increased consumer demand. Another indicator that working with a sustainability program is good for your business.
“15 years ago, it was an inspiration for us to go through difficult times and see the light at the end of the tunnel. UTZ made us stronger, and connected to the world. Now it’s a critical mass that’s taking over, and it’s inspirational.” Reflections of the first UTZ coffee farmer in Colombia as we celebrate 15 years of UTZ.
Daniel Katz, Rainforest Alliance: “Sustainable transformation must be driven by industry leadership and consumer demand”
Daniel Katz, founder and chairman of the board of the Rainforest Alliance, explains how the planned merger with UTZ will be a major step forward for sustainability. “We will have the capacity to integrate our comprehensive vision of sustainability into the supply chains of some of the world’s largest and best-known brands.”
Our intended merger with the Rainforest Alliance is a major milestone in UTZ’s history. We see it as a chance to be more innovative together, and in partnership with our stakeholders. But what do our stakeholders think? Here is a selection of responses from the market.
Rooibos is a plant unique to South Africa and an herbal tea that’s been increasing in popularity all around the world. It’s also been an UTZ crop since 2010. Learn more about this distinctive ‘redbush’, from who produces it to the challenges facing the sector and what UTZ is doing about it.
Why use a sustainability standard? A 2017 report commissioned by ISEAL Alliance, the sustainability standards membership group, shows the clear business benefits of certification: from reduced risk, to improved reputation and market access.