For the Yanesha, an indigenous group living in Ñagazú, Peru, the adoption of sustainable agriculture practices has meant increased incomes, greater environmental stewardship and enhanced opportunities for local children.
Forward-thinking companies understand the economic value of sustainability and the need to ensure that the wood and wood products they source are of legal origin and were obtained in compliance with the laws of their source country. For the Denmark-based DLH Group, the world's largest tropical timber trader, independent legality verification by the Rainforest Alliance is proving to be an effective tool for working toward these goals.
Workers on Unilever Tea Kenya’s Kericho Estate — Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM since 2007 — earn anywhere from three to five times more than the national average. For employees on the estate, Rainforest Alliance certification has meant more than better land management and environmental stewardship. It’s also helping to secure a full range of worker benefits, including decent housing, access to quality education and health care for workers and their families.