Partnerships and Initiatives
The Rainforest Alliance works with other not-for-profit organizations, commercial organizations and government entities on projects and consortiums related to standards and international policies on certification, accreditation, trade, labor and environmental issues.
Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon
The Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon -- funded by the United States Agency for International Development -- aims to promote the long term sustainability of the Amazon River Basin and to protect its great wealth of biodiversity.
Under this initiative, the Rainforest Alliance and its partners -- Fundación Natura in Colombia and Conservación y Desarrallo in Ecuador – are working with farmers in the Amazon River Basin on adopting sustainable agriculture methods, protecting forests and developing market links for their products.
In Ecuador, the Rainforest Alliance is working with cocoa farmers, whose lands border protected areas, including the Yasuni and Gran Sumaco National Parks, the Cuyabeno Reserve and the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve.
In Bolivia, we are working with indigenous groups and private owners, especially in the Department of Pando, to make the process of harvesting Brazil nuts more efficient and lucrative.
In Peru in San Martin, Cusco, Puno, Pasco and Junin Departments and; in Colombia, in Meta and Caquetá Departments, we are helping coffee farmers adopt sustainable production practices and improve their economic and work conditions.
Biodiversity Conservation in Coffee
Because of coffee's global economic importance and its potential as a conservation tool, the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Development Programme has provided the Rainforest Alliance with a seven-year grant to help meet the ambitious goal of certifying 10 percent of the world's coffee supply.
The Global Environment Facility funds go toward increasing both production of and demand for Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee. To increase demand for the coffee, the Rainforest Alliance is undertaking a concerted marketing effort in collaboration with coffee companies all along the supply chain, encouraging them to buy certified coffee and helping them to promote it using the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.
On the ground, the Rainforest Alliance is providing Latin American farmers with the information and tools necessary to improve their management practices and make them more responsible with regards to the environment, workers and communities.
Consultancy and Research for Environmental Management
The Rainforest Alliance and Consultancy and Research for Environmental Management (CREM), a sustainable development organization based in the Netherlands, established a partnership inspired by the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a result of this partnership, the two organizations agreed to involve each other in projects and other activities. In addition, CREM committed itself to promote Rainforest Alliance products and activities in Europe and to providing consultancy services to the Rainforest Alliance.
International Social and Environmental Accreditation Labeling Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance and other International Social and Environmental Accreditation Labeling Alliance members are collaborating in order to gain international recognition and legitimacy for their programs; to improve the quality and professionalism of their respective organizations, and to defend the common interests of international accreditation organizations while demonstrating the openness and transparency of operations that Alliance members believe is fundamental to their integrity. The standards, certification programs and accreditation systems being developed by Alliance members are all global in nature and reflect a worldwide concern for the social and environmental issues being promoted. This collaboration represents a significant movement to promote the interests of workers, communities and the environment in world trade.
Sustainable Food Laboratory
The Sustainable Food Laboratory (SFL) is a consortium of business, non-profit and public organizations working together to accelerate the shift toward sustainability. The SFL facilitates the development of market-based solutions to the key issues -- including climate, soil, poverty, nutrition and water -- that are necessary for a healthy and sustainable food system that can better feed a growing world. Together with the SFL, we work collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders to create new initiatives and share knowledge and best practices in order to enhance the sustainability efforts that are directly linked to our business goals.
Ethical Tea Partnership
The Rainforest Alliance collaborates with the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), an alliance of tea packers who are working together to improve the sustainability of the tea sector. The ETP members share a vision of a thriving industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable. The companies involved range from major multi-nationals, whose brands are found in most kitchens and supermarkets, to privately owned specialists producing 'boutique' blends. Together they cover around 50 brands, which are on sale in over 100 countries.
Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign
The Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign is intended to protect habitat for resident and migratory birds in Latin America and the Caribbean by increasing consumer demand for shade-grown coffee. From Mexico to Colombia, coffee plantation forests often provide the last refuge for birds that have lost their habitat to the vast destruction of tropical forests. In cooperation with coffee importers, roasters and retailers, the Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign is building a viable market for shade-grown coffee by promoting member companies who sell shade coffee and by educating consumers. The Campaign makes it easier to find shade coffee and also works with partners like Rainforest Alliance to assure that certification standards prioritize environmental protection.