To expand the reach of the Rainforest Alliance sustainable agriculture certification program and to safeguard the system’s integrity, quality, competitiveness, and credibility, the Rainforest Alliance works with independent certification bodies around the world. Authorized certification bodies certify farms, farmer groups and operators against the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainable agriculture and chain of custody standards.
Rainforest Alliance authorized certification bodies must hold a valid ISO 17065:2012 accreditation. Further on, compliance with Rainforest Alliance’s additional protocols is required, including but not limited to requirements on audit protocols, auditor competence, and data systems.
We are currently not accepting new certification body applications, but currently authorized certification bodies may request geographical scope extensions.
The quality and the credibility of our certification program heavily depends on the skills and expertise of the experts who carry out audit activities in the field. Working for our authorized certification bodies, auditors possess a deep understanding of local cultures, languages, policies, and ecology. They also demonstrate a strong commitment to continuing their professional development.
Our auditor competence requirements empower teams of auditors and auditor trainers to perform at the highest levels of quality and be recognized for their transparency and professional ethic. Their competencies promote objective audits, the evaluation of all the standards’ requirements, and a consistent interpretation at the global level. The work of registered auditors is key to achieving the environmental, social, and economic impacts of our standard.
Can certification bodies approved for the UTZ system perform audits for the Rainforest Alliance certification system?
The Rainforest Alliance manages both the UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certification systems. However, until the new, integrated certification system currently in development becomes mandatory (which is expected by the end of 2020), each certification scheme will keep its own pool of certification bodies (CBs) and auditors, with the corresponding applicable rules for each. This means that CBs that are only authorized to carry out audits for the UTZ program are not allowed to perform audits for the Rainforest Alliance system. Vice versa, certification bodies that are only authorized to do audits for the Rainforest Alliance system cannot perform audits for the UTZ system. You can rest assured that once the new Rainforest Alliance certification system is in place, this will change and there will be an enhanced pool of CBs to choose from. Thank you for your understanding.
For any questions, please contact our Certification Program team at firstname.lastname@example.org.