We believe sustainable agriculture means workers are paid a living wage. That’s why we require that farms make progress towards paying a living wage to their workers. But it’s not an easy fix. We must work with companies, farmers, governments and NGOs to take the necessary steps towards achieving this. This is what you can do.Continue reading
Together with the Global Coffee Platform we want to make the coffee sector long term sustainable. We support the setup of various National Coffee Platforms. Rainforest Alliance’s Christine Hornikal explains how these platforms play an important role in our mission and talks about benefits in Indonesia, Uganda and Honduras.
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.
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.
To make sustainable farming the norm, we need to strengthen partnerships within producing communities, throughout supply chains and across sectors. To find out how UTZ is working on this and how it relates to certification we sat down with Mariecke van der Glas, who is responsible for UTZ’s Sector Partnerships Program.
In Feb. 2017 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?
You might have it every morning for breakfast or in the afternoon with biscuits, but what do you really know about it? We go over all you need to know about tea — what it is, where its grown, how its produced and the challenges facing the industry.
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.
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? UTZ’s Executive Director, Han de Groot, tells us more.
For UTZ ‘better farming’ is not only about agricultural practices but also about protecting the wellbeing of farmers and people working on certified farms. Miguel Zamora explains why the UTZ requirements around better working conditions are so important.