In January 2018, the Rainforest Alliance merged with UTZ. We joined forces because we know that together we can have a greater impact and be a better partner to the many stakeholders we work with.
In 2019, we will publish a single, new agriculture certification program that builds on the best of both existing programs. Our new sustainable agriculture standard will be designed to maximize positive social, environmental, and economic impact, while offering farmers an enhanced framework to improve their livelihoods while protecting the landscapes where they live and work.
The new program will integrate new technologies with proven, effective systems. In addition to a new standard, it will include a new chain of custody, a new fee structure, and a new labeling policy for companies sourcing certified products. Our new program will emphasize outcomes and adaptability to local contexts, organizational structures, and activities.
As part of the development of this new standard, we will start a far-reaching consultation process with all our stakeholder groups in mid-2018.