About the Rainforest Alliance:
We are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal.
The Rainforest Alliance works at the intersection of business, agriculture and forests. By bringing diverse allies together we are making deep-rooted change on some of our most pressing social and environmental issues. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people mitigate and adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways.
Our alliance needs you, whoever you are and wherever you stand. By joining forces with producers, businesses and consumers, we can transform our relationship with the land and forests we rely on. We can make that relationship work better for all.
Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.
Rainforest Alliance will publish a new certification program at the beginning of 2020; part of the new certification program will be the new sustainable agriculture and chain of custody standards. The standards are 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. With these new standards, the Rainforest Alliance intends not only to harmonize the existing pre-merger documents but also to bring innovation, making use of recent knowledge and insights in certification and standard-setting. Thus, in addition to prescribing practices, the focus is on enabling and measuring improvements towards sustainability outcomes.
During 2020 Rainforest Alliance will focus on training development and implementation to support the new certification program. 2020 is considered a roll-out year; Rainforest Alliance will ensure that relevant stakeholders are informed and are able to develop the required skills to implement and audit the standards—agriculture, and chain of custody. The roll-out will be carried out in three regions (Latin America, Africa, and Asia) by a multidisciplinary team based in countries of origin and headquarters.
The Scope of the Regional Roll-Out team consists of one integrated delivery process with a Minimum Viable Product approach, where the “minimum content” consists of:
- Sustainable Agriculture Standard
- Chain of Custody Standard
- Assurance Model
- Transition Rules
- Multitrace, RA’s traceability system
As an integral part of the roll-out process, Rainforest Alliance is developing a training program for the new standards and the assurance model to ensure a smooth transition process as well as its successful implementation. The program targets both certificate holders and Certification Bodies. For certificate holders, the training will support them in attaining the skills to collect and report on improvement indicators through internal inspections and to set realistic targets on improvement criteria. Similarly, for Auditors, the training program aims to support them in enhancing skills to collect and report improvement indicator data requirements.
The training program consists of two phases with a combination of face-to-face and online training. The first phase, to be implemented in 2020, focuses on stakeholders attaining a minimum level of knowledge required to implement and audit the new certification program; while the second phase, to be rolled out in 2021, has a more targeted, context-specific approach. The face-to-face training will include exercises, case studies, and presentations; all with the possibility to be used by certificate holders and CB’s for internal trainings.