Integrity and Accountability

Core values and Code of Conduct

Our core values are a compass for our behavior that guide the way we work with our colleagues and partners. The Rainforest Alliance’s Global Code of Conduct builds on these values to provide written guidelines for conducting business with the highest standards of ethics.

This Code applies to people who work for, or provide services to, the Rainforest Alliance, anywhere in the world, as follows:

  • Rainforest Alliance employees, officers, members of the board of directors, volunteers, and interns; compliance with this Code is mandatory.
  • Independent contractors: Individual Rainforest Alliance independent contractors may agree to comply with the provision in this Code as a term of service under their contract, even though they are not employees.
  • Staffing company employees: The Rainforest Alliance uses certain staffing firms that assign their employees to provide services to the Rainforest Alliance; those staffing firms may require their employees to comply with the provisions of this Code when they provide services to the Rainforest Alliance.
  • Other contracting parties: The Rainforest Alliance contracts with grantees, certification bodies, and other service providers and may require compliance with the provisions in the Code under their contract, even though they are not employees. It is the responsibility of the contracting party to ensure its staff comply with this Code in connection with their work for the Rainforest Alliance.

The Rainforest Alliance is committed to an environment where open, honest communication is the expectation, not the exception. We want all Rainforest Alliance employees and partners to feel comfortable speaking up in instances where they believe violations of policies or standards have occurred. We encourage all parties to submit reports relating to violations of our Code or other policies and procedures within Rainforest Alliance. In situations where reporting in confidence is preferred, please use this hotline.

Financial documents

Review a list of all Rainforest Alliance audited financial documents.

Policies and procedures

We have developed policies and procedures to help ensure transparency, integrity, and accountability throughout all our programs:


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