Over 120,000 cocoa farms in 11 countries have achieved Rainforest Alliance certification, covering an area of nearly 500,000 hectares (1.24 million acres), and with recent commitments by Unilever, Mars, Kraft and others to source Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa, these numbers are almost certain to increase. The program’s exponential growth has prompted the Rainforest Alliance to take a step back and examine how certification has affected farmers’ livelihoods, families, communities and environments.
The Rainforest Alliance and Citi Foundation have hosted two Sustainable Value Chain Finance Workshops in order to establish a dialogue with agricultural value chain participants regarding ways to expand and improve the financing available for sustainable producers. In the second meeting of this group, held on January 30, 2012, the discussion was focused on risk mitigation in agricultural supply chains. Seventy-nine participants discussed the working hypothesis that adopting and certifying sustainable practices can reduce risk.
In an increasingly transparent world, it’s more important than ever to identify and understand the sources of your forest products. The Rainforest Alliance makes it easy. With decades of forestry experience and the latest technology at our disposal, we can guide you every step of the way -- from assessing your supply chain and designing a responsible sourcing plan, to tracking the results of your efforts and helping you communicate them to your customers, suppliers, employees, investors and the public.
Our travel choices can make a difference. That’s why the Rainforest Alliance has joined forces with hotels and tourism organizations to ensure that tourists have vacation options that contribute to the conservation of natural and cultural diversity and the well-being of local communities.