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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FAQ: 2020 Supply Chain Requirements
Early Feedback on the New Certification Program: Kyagalanyi Coffee Shares Their Implementation Experience
Learnings from the Field: Finca Esmeralda and the Future of Certified Bananas
All resources for Certification
Our Approach to Data: Knowledge for Improved Decision-Making Across the Supply Chain
In our certification program, we work together with farmers and companies, supporting them to use data to improve their risk analysis, measure progress along their sustainability journey, and support future claims.
List of Certificate Holders
View our database to search for all farms, farmer groups, and supply chain certificates in the Rainforest Alliance’s certification program
How to Transition to the 2020 Certification Program
This Transition Tool provides the processes for certificate holders of the 2015 UTZ Certification Program and/or 2017 Rainforest Alliance Certification Program wishing to be certified under the our new 2020 Certification Program.
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
Annex Chapter 1: Management (Previous Annex S17)
This annex includes additional binding content related to the implementation of the Requirements in Chapter 1 of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard: Management.
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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