Climate change is bad news for coffee, cocoa and tea production with the potential to reduce yields and quality and push up prices. Climate change expert Henriette Walz explains how the UTZ program is tackling climate change at the farm level and beyond.Continue reading
Climate change is bad news for coffee, cocoa and tea production with the potential to reduce yields and quality and push up prices. Climate change expert Henriette Walz explains how the UTZ program is tackling climate change at the farm level and beyond.
What is it like to be a member of the UTZ hazelnut program in Turkey? Does it change a way of thinking and what does it bring to farmers and workers? We take a walk in the shoes of exporter Şenocak and the farmers Hamza Furtun and Sabahattin Ilgun to find out.
New technology and big data are changing industries around the world, and they’re also changing the future of certification. We talked with Henk van Rikxoort about the first mile innovation program and the growing transparency on sustainability performance.
Life on many coffee farms is tough. The work is physical and demanding, but wages can be very low. Certification helps making a difference to coffee workers through better living and working conditions.
“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.
The UTZ certification relies on a system of checks and audits to ensure the requirements of the standard are being followed. While many know about the third-party audits that take place, there is also another part through we ensure the quality of the UTZ standard — the IMS. Find out what the IMS is and how it works.
Meet Patricia Quijandría Díaz, country rep for Peru and Ecuador. We caught up with Patricia to chat coffee, cocoa and gender equality.
In a world of complex supply chains and more important priorities, many companies overlook supply chain responsibility. But at what cost? A report from The Economist Intelligence published in July 2017 investigates further and cites certification as a valuable tool for companies.
Making the hazelnut sector more sustainable is a step-by-step journey. We talked with Leonie Haakshorst, Sector Lead Hazelnut & Coconut, about how UTZ tackles the social issues in the sector.
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.”