Sustainable certifications can offer valuable recognition and verification
for good agricultural and labour practices
Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and UTZ Certified (organisations merged since January 2018) address the environmental, social and economic challenges faced by farmers and their communities. The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal and UTZ Certified logo shows consumers that the coffee they are buying was produced on farms that help support the rights and well-being of farm workers, the preservation of natural resources and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In January 2020, the new combined organisation will create a single agriculture certification standard, simplify the certification process, and continue to improve livelihoods for farmers and forest communities.
Fairtrade is committed to an alternative approach to conventional trading. Coffee producers receive a minimum price to cover the cost of sustainable production as well as an extra Fairtrade Premium that is invested in social or economic development projects. The standards they must adhere to include protection of workers’ rights and the environment.
Products traded under fair-trade conditions and standards are labelled with a Fairtrade Mark to guarantee that producers are getting a fair deal.
Organic farming is an agricultural method that aims to produce food in harmony with nature – promoting ecological balance and conservation of biodiversity by restricting the use of certain pesticides and fertilizers. This means that organic coffee farming tends to be less harmful to the environment and workers.