In January 2018, UTZ merged with the Rainforest Alliance to have a greater impact and be a better partner to the many stakeholders we work with – and we’re working on a new Sustainable Agriculture Standard to support this. The 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard will maximize positive social, environmental, and economic impacts, and offer farmers a stronger framework to improve their livelihoods while protecting the landscapes where they live and work.
The 2020 Standard differentiates between smallholders and medium-large farms, so that each group can focus on topics that are most relevant to them. For example, medium-large farmers have a stronger focus on social issues related to workers and families that live on-site and certain environmental topics. For smallholders, the standard gives special attention to strengthening the group management capacity over time.
We will publish the final version of our new Sustainable Agriculture Standard in June 2020. Audits to the new standard will become mandatory in mid-2021.
- Glossary [PDF]
- Rainforest Alliance Capacity Assessment Tool [XLSX]
- Guidance Document: Gender Equality in the Management Chapter [PDF]
- Gender Assessment Tool [PDF]
- Agrochemicals Approach [PDF]
- Guidance Document: The Rainforest Alliance Assess & Address Approach [PDF]
- Risk Assessment and Mitigation Tool for Discrimination, Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Workplace Harassment and Violence: Draft Framework for Public Consultation [PDF]
- Remediation Protocol for Discrimination, Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Workplace Harassment and Violence: Draft Framework for Public Consultation [PDF]
- Methodology for Measuring Remuneration and Gaps with a Living Wage [PDF]
- Salary Matrix for a Living Wage Gap Analysis [XLSX]
- Guidance on Non-Deforestation Approach [PDF]
- Assess and Address Position Paper
A full public consultation was held from December 2018 to February 2019 to gather feedback and improve the first draft of the 2020 standard. Read a summary of feedback from the first round of stakeholder consultations.
The second round of public consultations was held from June 17 to August 31, 2019. In the coming months, the Rainforest Alliance will conduct additional research and field testing based on the second draft of the standard. The standard will be finalized and approved by the Rainforest Alliance Standards Committee and published in June 2020.
Our detailed Q&A explains some of the questions you might have related to the topics covered in the 2020 Standard.