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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 […]

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