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?Continue reading
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?
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.”
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.
Tea prices in Malawi are under pressure and producers are feeling the effects of a changing climate. Marketing & Business Development Manager Wouter Verelst of Satemwa, one of the country’s last family-owned tea estates, explains how they are dealing with the business challenges.
Marcel Vernooij from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discusses the merits of a strategic partnership between the Dutch government and UTZ, aimed at achieving sustainable cocoa, tea and coffee sectors, by tackling the most critical issues for farmers that go beyond farm level. After visting Côte d’Ivoire he shares his blog
Sustainable Development Goals are more than just a trend. They are a framework developed by the UN that can benefit your business and our world at large. Find out how they may strengthen your CSR strategy and how you may even already be contributing to them.
It’s inspirational to meet farmers committed to sustainable farming and hear their story. Turkish farmers Orhan Güler and Özer Akbaşlı are members of our hazelnut sustainability program. They are keen to explain what motivates them and share their experiences of farming life.
Small-scale cocoa farmers often struggle to achieve a sustainable livelihood. UTZ is designed to benefit all farmers. To find out how we specifically work with small farmers we spoke to Siriki Diakité, our West Africa representative. He explains that empowering small farmers in a group is key to creating positive impact.
The impact carries through generations: how Maria is growing a better life for her family through better farming practices
For Maria Aparecida Silva, coffee farming has been a blessing. But a blessing not without hard work. Operating a small coffee farm in Brazil for over 65 years, she shares how better farming practices are helping her farm flourish for future generations.
During the busy weeks of harvest everything comes together for the hazelnut sector in Turkey. UTZ’ Ana Pamela Delgadillo traveled to the largest hazelnut producing city where she spoke to farmers and visited a summer school for children of migrant workers. Read her diary.