Researchers commissioned by the Rainforest Alliance compared financial recordkeeping variables between Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and noncertified farms; they also surveyed social lenders and local, in-country financial institutions.
This research is based on conversations with leading companies, industry experts and suppliers and other stakeholders about alternative approaches to addressing social performance issues in their supply chains. The first part of the report identifies 10 leading trends and elements that form this generation of social compliance programs for supply chains. In the second part of the report, Shift highlights four company case studies, including the Rainforest Alliance’s certification of Chiquita’s passion fruit farms.
The report summarizes the results of four studies conducted by Cenicafe, a Colombian coffee research institute. Streams were found to be healthier on certified farms, and certified farmers implemented a variety of Best Management Practices at a higher rate than their noncertified neighbors.
The CRECE study analyzes the impact that the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program has had in the lives of coffee farmers in Colombia during the period 2009 to 2011. The objectives of the study were to determine: 1) the difference the AAA Program is making in terms of sustainability, 2) whether environmental practices impact farm results, 3) whether AAA farmers have higher levels of income and productivity and 4) whether benefits apply equally to small farmers. Download the full executive summary »
by Centro de Estudios Regionales Cafeteros y Empresariales (2013)
This report summarizes the work of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Tourism Program, supported by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund (IDB/MIF). The document includes a brief of the strategies implemented to promote sustainable management practices among tourism businesses and tour operators in Latin America, to enhance their competitiveness and international exposure and to raise consumer awareness and demand for sustainable tourism services. It also quantifies the results achieved from 2007 to 2011.