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Baseline Study of Environmental and Social Conditions on Rainforest Alliance Certified Banana Plantations in Costa Rica and Belize

The Rainforest Alliance, IDH-Sustainable Trade Initiative, and private entities in the banana sector collaborated on an evaluation of the social and environmental practices on Rainforest Alliance Certified™ banana farms in Costa Rica and Belize.

The study was carried out in 2018 and analyzed wages, benefits, and workers’ rights; occupational health; and safety on a sample of seven Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. Wages and benefits were compared to the legal minimum and to the living wage benchmark. This summary report contains the key findings of the evaluation and the response of the Rainforest Alliance to the main findings.

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