In January 2018, the Rainforest Alliance merged with UTZ to have greater impact and be a better partner to the many stakeholders we work with. We are currently developing a new 2020 Certification Program, including new farm and chain of custody standards. We will publish the new program in June 2020 with audits becoming mandatory in mid-2021.
The current Rainforest Alliance and UTZ programs will continue to run in parallel as the transition across to our new standard takes place. If you would like to stay informed about the progress of our new certification program, please subscribe to our mailing list.
Timeline for the 2020 Certification Program
November 2018: Mutual RecognitionChain of Custody Mutual Recognition launched.
December 2018 – February 2019: First ConsultationFirst round of public consultation for the new Sustainable Agriculture Standard.
June-August 2019: Second ConsultationSecond consultation on the 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard, Chain of Custody, and assurance system.
July 2019: Mutual RecognitionClaim-level mutual recognition launched to ease the transition to a new program.
June 2020: Publication2020 Sustainable Agriculture and Chain of Custody Standards are published.
2020-2021: Roll-outFocus on training development and implementation to support the new standard.
Mid-2021: Launch2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard and Chain of Custody Standard becomes mandatory for producers. From this date, all audits will be against the new standard.