UTZ news

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 […]

Pesticide data base now available – Which pesticides I am not allowed to use and why?

The ISEAL Integrated Pest Management (IPM) coalition is pleased to announce the launch of the Pesticide Database. The data base contains a list of prohibited or restricted pesticides with information on their hazards and restriction status according to each standard system part of the IPM coalition. Through this data base, the IPM coalition aims to […]

Challenges and opportunities for pest control in south India – a hands-on workshop

Last May experts* in tea production and pest control gathered in Coonor, India, during a two day workshop by UTZ on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM promotes the use of alternative methods for pest and disease control while increasing productivity and reducing risks to human health and environment. This means that producers implement good agricultural […]

Welcome to new Supervisory Board member

The UTZ Supervisory Board (SB) welcomes a new member in its midst: Dr. Anurag Priyadarshi. Dr. Anurag Priyadarshi is an Indian national who is the Global Sustainability Manager at Tata Global Beverages and he will be a supply chain representative in our Supervisory Board. He brings over 19 years of experience in sustainable agriculture and […]

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 […]

 
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