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.Continue reading
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.
Marcel Vernooij from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discusses the merits of our strategic partnership with the Dutch government, 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
Hazelnuts are in many of our favorite treats, but do you know how they’re produced? How about where? With our recent expansion into the hazelnut sector, we tell you everything you need to know about hazelnuts and the sustainability needs around their production.
COOPAGA and CAFHS were the first cocoa cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire to join the UTZ program in 2009. We spoke to farmers about how UTZ certification has been helping local communities get children out of the fields and into school.
For too long, child labor has been a fact of life in many communities – including the cocoa, coffee, tea, and hazelnut sectors. Siriki Diakité, who leads our work with more than 420,000 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, explains why guarantees are impossible – but that the UTZ program is leading efforts to eradicate child labor.
UTZ’s mission is to make sustainable farming the norm. Are we on the way to reaching that goal? Is certification enough or do we need to do more to make it a reality? Our Chief Executive Officer, Han de Groot, tells us more.
UTZ Market Development Managers Paul Zuiderbeek and Maya Sermeño recently travelled to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to experience the UTZ cocoa program first hand. Despite working at UTZ for years, the trip opened their eyes. Here they share their top 5 observations.
A 2016 report on Brazil’s coffee industry has uncovered hundreds of cases of workers suffering shocking slavery-like conditions. UTZ certification can help put a stop to such unacceptable human rights abuses.
Most hazelnuts are sourced by European confectionary companies. Many of these companies have already committed to sourcing 100% UTZ certified cocoa and indicated their interest to sourcing sustainable hazelnuts too. And so the UTZ hazelnut program was born. Find out about the challenges and the way forward.