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Ensuring Our Integrity -- Financial Independence

Maintaining financial independence from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and verified farms and forestlands is a critical element of our ability to provide technical assistance, certification and verification services.

We have adopted a policy to accept contributions (monetary or in-kind) from entities that use our certification or verification services, only in the following permitted ways:

  1. Fees for certification, verification and related services.
  2. Sponsorship or other support of public events.
  3. Funding for educational, training or outreach activities.

An individual involved in decisions regarding the acceptance or use of contributions from a specific entity cannot be involved in certification or verification decisions regarding that entity.

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