Using the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Seal
The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal assures consumers that the product they are purchasing has been grown and harvested using environmentally and socially responsible practices. Farms and forestlands that meet the rigorous, third-party standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network or the Forest Stewardship Council are awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.
Businesses that source products grown on certified farms and farms that meet the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) Standard may apply to use the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.
To use the seal, businesses must register in the online Rainforest Alliance Certified Marketplace, sign a license agreement, comply with our traceability requirements and use the green frog seal as defined in our Use of Marks Rules and Guidelines [PDF] and only with our approval. (Our Use of Seal Guidelines are available in Japanese マーク使用ガイドライン [PDF] and Spanish [PDF].) Begin the process by registering your business.
Crops from certified farms must be kept segregated and traceable throughout the supply chain to the products with the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. Alternatively, for use with a modified label, the Rainforest Alliance now allows mass balance handling of cocoa with potential to expand to other crops. The Mass Balance Sourcing Program is intended to enable manufacturers, brands and retailers to support the field impacts of Rainforest Alliance certification in instances when it is not feasible to segregate their manufacturing processes. Additional labeling requirements apply. For more information, please refer to the guidance document.
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Forestry operations that have met the standards for FSC Forest Management certification, FSC Chain-of-Custody certification are eligible to use the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal in tandem with the FSC trademark.
Tourism businesses that have met the requirements to achieve Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Tourism Certification are eligible to use the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.
Learn how to appropriately use the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal in our Use of Marks Rules and Guidelines [PDF].
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Use of all Rainforest Alliance marks must be pre-approved in writing by the Rainforest Alliance.