Measuring the Social Impacts of Our Work

Full- and Part-Time Workers on Rainforest Alliance Certified or Verified Operations, by Division1

Full- and Part-Time Workers on Rainforest Alliance Certified or Verified Operations, by Division

Though the Rainforest Alliance was first established to protect rainforests, we quickly learned that it would be shortsighted to exclude people from the conservation equation. Environmental protection is inextricably linked to social well-being, since local communities rely on forests for their livelihood, food, medicine, fuel and a range of environmental services including the absorption of greenhouse gases that regulate the global climate. While people depend on forests, these natural environments can only thrive under the good stewardship of local forest communities.

Which is why, in collaboration with our partners around the world, we set about devising comprehensive solutions that conserve forest ecosystems while upholding the needs and rights of workers, families and communities. When people have a viable source of income and the tools to manage their natural resources sustainably, everyone wins.

Social Benefits:

  1. As of January 2012 -- Most farms, forestry enterprises and tourism businesses reported their number of workers. We used a linear model to estimate the number of workers on farms and forestry operations with missing data. For tourism enterprises, our estimate for missing data was based on a per-enterprise average number of workers