Certification has had a huge impact in bringing sustainability to the forefront of business thinking, but it must continue to evolve to provide more value to farmers and companies and ensure that people and nature can thrive in harmony.
That's why the Rainforest Alliance launched its new Certification Program, which entered into force in July 2021. The Sustainable Agriculture Standard, along with its assurance and technology systems, are data-powered, and based on the principles of continuous improvement, risk-based assurance, contextualization, and shared responsibility. This is how we can deliver more value to the two million farmers and thousands of businesses that use Rainforest Alliance certification to drive more sustainable agricultural production and responsible supply chains.
At the heart of the Rainforest Alliance
The certification program is part of the Rainforest Alliance’s strategy to drive sustainability at scale in the sectors in which we operate through interconnected interventions supporting certification, tailored supply chain services, landscapes and communities, and advocacy.
What We're Working On
Strengthened Cocoa Certification Program
Key priorities of our cocoa strategy are assurance, shared responsibility, supply chain transparency, and profitability and resilience.
Risk Maps for Risk Management
How we have tailored the implementation and verification of standards requirements on child labor and forced labor to the risk exposure of each farm.
Our shared responsibility approach aims to distribute benefits and costs of certification more evenly between farmers and companies.
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All resources for Certification
2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard: Farm Requirements
The Farm Requirements of our new Sustainable Agriculture Standard are designed to help farmers protect the landscapes where they live and work, while offering an enhanced framework to improve their livelihoods and advance the human rights of rural people. View more
Exception Policy to use Combination of Thiamethoxam + Cyproconazole for Brazil
Rainforest Alliance prohibits soil application of cyproconazole, and therefore also prohibits the use of products combining thiamethoxam and cyproconazole. We acknowledge that some coffee producers in... View more
Addressing the Coffee Supply Chain Disruptions
The global coffee sector is currently facing a unique convergence of challenges including the ongoing effects of Covid-19 on supply chains, adverse weather events in major coffee producing countries, inflation, and increased transport costs.
Annex S10: Living Wage Benchmarks per Country – List
The list of living wage benchmarks per country as part of Annex S10: Living Wage Benchmarks per Country - Methodology.
The benchmarks are indicated in local currency, in gross wage per month, If no... View more
Shared Responsibility: What It Means for the Tea Sector
We believe that creating truly sustainable global supply chains requires a shared responsibility approach. This means that the costs and benefits of certification are evenly distributed between farmers and buyers along the supply chain, so that both are rewarded for their efforts to embrace more sustainable practices.
Data Sheet for Child Labor and Forced Labor Risk Maps
The data sheet provides the full score of risk calculations per country. It takes into account key indicators drawn from publicly available indices and our own research.... View more