To tackle forced labor in the coffee industry, we must also address the social, economic and political issues that go beyond the farm. The solution will require collaboration between farmer communities, companies, civil society, governments, and others.
As the advocacy director at Rainforest Alliance, Emma Harbour spends a lot of time participating in discussions about how best to transform exploitative supply chains. Within these public conversations, she has also observed the unfortunate practice of spreading misinformation. A recent example can be found in Nestlé’s decision to change its sourcing for KitKat bars in the UK from Fairtrade to Rainforest Alliance, spurring a lively debate, but not all of it is based on facts. For this reason, she offers below clarifications and a few corrections of erroneous statements which can circulate when pitting certifications against one another.
The Rainforest Alliance strongly believes that certification is a tool that works best when tailored to meet farmers' and community needs and when supported by a long-term commitment from all actors in the supply chain.
How the Rainforest Alliance are “Reimagining” Sustainability Certification