Tag: merger UTZ & Rainforest Alliance

Be part of the Alliance: join our new standard consultation

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.

One step closer to a new Standard: merging Chain of Custody certification process

While we continue to work hard on a new and improved certification program, we are beginning the transition process for companies. The first step is mutual recognition of the current Chain of Custody certification, which will simplify processes until the new certification is launched. This is how it can benefit companies.

A better and improved certification standard starts with having the right people

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 […]

Certification: cost or investment?

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.

The UTZ-Rainforest Alliance merger; a sustainability homecoming

Ria Stout, Chief Regional Officer of the new Rainforest Alliance, wrote UTZ’s first certification standard. She has dedicated her life to both organizations, which are now joining forces to amplify and accelerate sustainability transformation around the world. She sheds her light on the exciting journey.

An auspicious beginning

January 2018 marks an auspicious beginning for the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, which have just formally merged into a new organization. Han de Groot, the CEO of the new Rainforest Alliance and the former executive director of UTZ, reflects on the shared vision that brought the two organizations together.

The new Rainforest Alliance: an update

In January 2018, UTZ merged with the Rainforest Alliance. We are joining forces because we know that together we can have a greater impact, and be a better partner to our many stakeholders. As the new Rainforest Alliance we are now working hard to build our new organization. Read on for an update on where we are now.

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 […]

Rainforest Alliance/UTZ merger: reactions from the market

Our intended merger with the Rainforest Alliance is a major milestone in UTZ’s history. We see it as a chance to be more innovative together, and in partnership with our stakeholders. But what do our stakeholders think? Here is a selection of responses from the market.

 
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