The Rainforest Alliance’s and Sustainable Agriculture Network’s Strategy for Ensuring Our Work is Advancing Human Rights

Training and assessing the impact of our work are two powerful tools that the Rainforest Alliance and other members of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) use to fulfill our shared missions to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development. We endeavor to strengthen and improve the work we do on farms worldwide so that stakeholders consistently benefit.

The SAN has developed standards that farms must meet in order to earn Rainforest Alliance certification. Products sourced from these certified farms can bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal, giving businesses and consumers an important role in encouraging farmers to meet the certification standards. The standards include rigorous requirements that help protect workers and the environment. Trained auditors inspect farms to assess whether or not they meet the standards and then regularly return to certified farms to make sure they continue to meet the standards.

Since auditors cannot be a constant presence on farms, assessments from outside groups can help confirm that SAN standards are being followed. That’s why the Rainforest Alliance and the SAN take any allegations of non-conformances with the standards very seriously and move as quickly as possible to thoroughly investigate complaints and take any necessary actions.

We value feedback from outside organizations and colleagues and continue to strengthen and improve how our investigations and audits are conducted as well as the standards we use to help ensure workers are protected and their human rights advanced.

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