The Better Life component of the UTZ program is all about improving the lives of workers and farmers around the world. We talk to Beth Hearn, communication specialist, to learn more about the human side of certification and what the UTZ program is doing to make a difference.Continue reading
The Better Life component of the UTZ program is all about improving the lives of workers and farmers around the world. We talk to Beth Hearn, communication specialist, to learn more about the human side of certification and what the UTZ program is doing to make a difference.
We take a look at the concrete benefits of sourcing sustainable coffee with Henriette Walz, Global Lead Deforestation. Plus, we hear from some of the farmers in the field about the benefits they’ve seen.
It’s a good question. What actually makes certified cocoa the better choice? Henriette Walz, Global Lead Deforestation, explains how you concretely support the environment by sourcing certified cocoa.
To make sustainable farming the norm, we need to strengthen partnerships within producing communities, throughout supply chains and across sectors. To find out how the UTZ program is working on this we sat down with Mariecke van der Glas, who is responsible for the Rainforest Alliance Sector Partnerships Program.
I heard the UTZ mass balance system is changing. Will this have an effect on the cost of certified cocoa?
If you are responsible for sourcing, you may wonder what the upcoming changes to our mass balance system mean for the certified cocoa you buy. Sven Drillenburg explains that the new ratio at which cocoa credits can be exchanged will better reflect the realities of cocoa processing and that UTZ remains a cost efficient program.
Small-scale cocoa farmers often struggle to achieve a sustainable livelihood. The UTZ program is designed to benefit all farmers. Siriki Diakité, our West Africa representative explains how our addresses smallholder farmers’ livelihoods. He explains that empowering small farmers in a group is key to creating a positive impact.
In 2018 the UTZ label appeared on more than 15,000 products across 130 countries helping brands to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable sourcing. How can companies use the UTZ label and what is the 3 step process for approving labeling requests?
We all know that certified products can cost a bit more – after all, certification is an investment in our future. But why is the additional cost for UTZ certified ingredients different from supplier to supplier? And does this extra cost always benefit the farmer? Time to take a closer look.
We are often asked what the difference is between the UTZ, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade sustainability labels. And what has changed since the merger between UTZ and the Rainforest Alliance? We spoke to Stephanie de Heer, Director of Communications, to explore some of the main similarities and differences.