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Integrated Pest Management e-course

We are proud to introduce our e-course on Introduction to Integrated Pest Management. The course, available in English in the UTZ Academy, has been set up for producers, technical assistants, service providers and anyone else interested in the Integrated Pest Management promoted by the UTZ and Rainforest Alliance standards. The course will soon also be […]

Ghanaian farmers to benefit through new SAT4Farming program

Ghana is the world’s second largest exporter of cocoa, but many of the country’s cocoa farmers are poor, trees are aging and highly vulnerable to pests and diseases, and productivity is low. However, many of these farmers can significantly increase their yields by applying good agricultural practices and basic investments in their farms, if they […]

The Rooibos harvest – November 2017

Unpredictable weather patterns are having a growing impact on farmers around the globe, threatening the production of many crops. For the past three years 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. […]

‘Thank you!’ to the pioneers of the UTZ Standard Committee

In May 2011, the first UTZ Standard Committee meeting took place. Now, six years later, we have to say goodbye to some of the ‘pioneers’ that have been with us for the three term maximum established by the committee. “At UTZ, we have been extraordinarily happy to be supported by such magnificent experts that have […]

Request for proposals for external evaluation – Premium

UTZ is inviting proposals for an evaluation of the management, use and transparency of the UTZ premium throughout the supply chain.  The deadline for applications is November 17, 2017. The evaluation will be carried out between December 2017 and May 2018. Documents necessary to apply: Request for proposals UTZ premium evaluation Expression of Interest form […]

Celebrating 15 years of UTZ – reflections and thoughts of UTZ’s Executive Director

Better together: collaboration is the way to make sustainable farming the norm by Han de Groot Today you can visit any supermarket and find numerous products carrying a sustainability label. It is easy to forget that certification is a relatively new phenomenon. The first sustainability labels started to appear 30 years ago on products such […]

International Cocoa Initiative and UTZ strengthen collaboration

We are pleased to announce that UTZ is now the first organization to join the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) as a Non-Profit Contributing Partner. ICI promotes child protection in cocoa-growing communities and works to ensure a better future for children and their families. “We are proud to be the first Non-Profit Contributing Partner of ICI. […]

The challenges and opportunities of the tea sector in India

Training is the key to improvement The latest UTZ training for auditors in Asia will take place in India this week. It will focus on best practices for social audits and issues such as working and living conditions, among other topics. At UTZ we work with third-party certification bodies as part of our assurance system. […]

No more excuses – responsible supply chains in a globalised world

A new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit has found that four in five business executives claim their companies have a responsible supply chain, but less than a quarter of global businesses are working to address issues like climate change and child labor. The report sets out the direct link with brand reputation, as well […]

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