Integrity and Accountability

The work we do at the Rainforest Alliance is guided by our core values:

  • Save the world one step at a time
  • Be resourceful and innovative
  • Embrace and manage change
  • Walk in someone else’s shoes
  • Be optimistic
  • Be an ambassador
  • Hold ourselves accountable

We have decades of experience and strong evidence that sustainability certification and verification services provided to farmers, foresters, tourism entrepreneurs, and other businesses can help achieve the Rainforest Alliance’s mission of conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. We also know that certification and verification must be conducted by an independent, transparent, and accountable body. Rainforest Alliance auditing and certification services are managed and carried out by the RA-Cert Division. Personnel responsible for audit design, evaluation, and certification/verification/validation decisions are under the purview of the RA-Cert Division. Rainforest Alliance training, technical assistance, product sourcing, and other value chain activities are conducted so that they do not diminish the integrity of certification and verification.

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


Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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