We launched the UTZ hazelnut program in 2014 to tackle low productivity, child labor, and poor living and working conditions on farms in the sector. Five years later, find out what we’ve achieved.Continue reading
How is UTZ certification affecting hazelnut farmers in Georgia? We traveled to this new production region and spoke with Maka Gergedava and Nana Gamisonia, two women farmers to find out. Read on to hear their stories.
Five years after launching the UTZ hazelnut program, it’s now easier than ever for cocoa companies to secure a steady supply of certified hazelnuts for their products. We talk with Leonie Haakshorst, manager of the program, to get an update on where we’re at now, the strides we’ve made and where the program is headed.
How can digitization be best used by companies that want to tackle critical issues in their supply chains? Daan de Vries, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer talks about bringing technology and the power of data into sustainable supply chain management and the importance of joining forces to scale up digitization in the field.
Leonie Haakshorst, Program Manager hazelnut: “Changing the hazelnut sector starts with understanding the challenges.”
UTZ’s hazelnut program launched in 2014 and has more than tripled in size since then. Understanding the program starts with understanding the sustainability concerns facing the sector. As we enter our fifth harvest, Leonie Haakshorst, manager of the UTZ hazelnut program, discusses with us the industry’s main challenges.
It’s been four years since we launched our hazelnut program. We check in for an update on the challenges of the sector, what we’ve done so far and how that informs our focus for the future.
Daria Koreniushkina is back from her field trip to Turkey. After four days of visiting hazelnut processing facilities, farms and speaking with UTZ partners throughout the region, she shares the key takeaways from her time in the field.
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.
“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.