UTZ news

Changes in UTZ’s Supervisory Board composition

We are happy to announce the appointment of two new Supervisory Board (SB) members. The UTZ SB oversees the Executive Team and for a number of important matters, the SB’s approval is required before the Executive Team can pass resolutions. The Supervisory Board has a multi-stakeholder composition and should at a minimum, have members drawn […]

Request for proposals for external evaluation

[CLOSED] UTZ is inviting proposals for an external evaluation of its coffee program in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala (2005-2015). Deadline for applications: December, 4. The evaluation will be carried out between January and June, 2017. Documents necessary to apply: Request for Proposals Quality Standard for External Evaluations Expression of Interest (narrative format) Expression of Interest […]

UTZ named best sustainability label for cocoa, coffee and tea

A new study has named the top 11 sustainability labels in the Netherlands, with UTZ receiving the highest score out of all the labels that cover cocoa, coffee and tea. 90 labels and food brands were ranked on their sustainability requirements, transparency and control processes. Other labels listed in the top 11 alongside UTZ included […]

UTZ announces new Global Markets Director

We are pleased to announce that UTZ’s leadership team has been strengthened with the appointment of a new Global Markets Director, Justin Leavenworth. Justin will focus on leading UTZ’s relationships with companies around the world, helping them to put sustainability at the core of their business practices. His expertise lies in strategic business growth and […]

New research highlights living wage for coffee workers in Brazil

A living wage for workers on coffee farms in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil would be R$1629 (477 US dollars) per month, according to new research. The current prevailing wage is R$1307 (383 US dollars) per month. These are the findings of the latest living wage benchmark study to be published by the Global […]

Empowering Vietnamese coffee farmers to tackle climate change

For three years, UTZ has been running a project in Vietnam aimed at empowering coffee farmers to adapt to climate change – while also mitigating the coffee sector’s contribution to the problem. Now the project has come to an end, we reflect on the lessons learned. 139 trainers are now ready to train farmers in […]

Protecting the credibility of the UTZ program

UTZ suspends certification body AfriCert Ltd. June 20th, 2016: Hereby, UTZ announces that the certification body AfriCert Ltd. will be sanctioned with a red card according to the UTZ Sanction Policy described in the document UTZ CB Monitoring System version 2.0, April 2015. This means that AfriCert will be suspended from the UTZ program and […]

The standard for standards – UTZ recognized as a credible sustainability program

We are very pleased to announce that the credibility of UTZ’s program for sustainable farming has been recognized once again by the ISEAL alliance, the global membership association for sustainability standards. On May 25, ISEAL’s Membership Committee found that UTZ demonstrates overall compliance with ISEAL’s Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards (Standard-Setting […]

Rooibos harvest

Unpredictable weather patterns are having a growing impact on farmers around the globe, threatening the production of many crops. This year, there has been a severe drought in South Africa. This has major implications for the rooibos harvest, and means that not enough certified rooibos has been produced to fulfill demand from companies. Therefore, UTZ has […]

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