We have launched the first round of public consultation for the new Rainforest Alliance certification standard. An esstial step to creating a stronger approach to certification. Your feedback is of key importance for us, so please join us by taking part in our consultation.
When two NGOs, with two different sustainability standards decide to merge, the best they can do is combine their strengths and expertise to create a new organization with a greater impact. That means, redefining the standards and getting the best possible people to support that process. In this spirit, the new Rainforest Alliance has gathered […]
A 2017 study on market potential for certified coffee in Belgium reveals that 3rd party certification could become the norm if large roasters would commit to sustainable sourcing. It also shows that certification schemes should collaborate to help change the perception of certification from a cost to an investment for companies.
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.
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.
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 […]
“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.
More than a million farmers follow training to meet UTZ certification standards. We cannot train them all ourselves. That is why we use the train-the-trainer approach. This is how it works in practice.