The production of many agricultural goods—coffee, cocoa, bananas, and other fruits and vegetables—often involves risks of forced labor. Advancing the human rights of rural communities is key to our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony. This includes protecting farmworkers’ rights and addressing forced labor in agriculture.
This page features information about the Rainforest Alliance's work to tackle the issue and links to all our forced labor-related content and resources.
We bring together farmers, companies, governments, and civil society organizations to collaborate for systemic change. We work to advance responsible business practices and government policy, and within our own certification program and sustainable development initiatives to advance human rights in the production landscapes where we work.
WHAT’S IN OUR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM? ASSESS-AND-ADDRESS
Our certification program promotes an assess-and-address approach to tackling forced labor. It focuses on prevention, engagement, improvement, and incentivizing farmers and companies to tackle this issue head on.
FORCED LABOR POSITION PAPER
Download this paper for an in-depth look at the Rainforest Alliance’s position and approach to tackling forced labor.
PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS ACROSS SECTORS AND REGIONS
Download this sell sheet to learn how we help companies to address forced labor and other human rights risks in their supply chains and sourcing landscapes.
FORCED LABOR AND CHILD LABOR RISK MAPS
Manage risk with the Rainforest Alliance child labor and forced labor sectoral risk maps
Project Profile: Tackling Forced Labor and Child Labor in the Ghanaian Cocoa and Gold Mining Sectors
Project Profile: Mobilizing Türkiye's Hazelnut Villages to Act on Child Labor and Poor Working Conditions
How We’re Addressing Forced Labor in the Coffee Industry
All resources for Forced Labor
Data Sheet for Child Labor and Forced Labor Risk Maps
The data sheet provides the full score of risk calculations per country. It takes into account key indicators drawn from publicly available indices and our own research.... View more
Using Risk Maps to Protect Human Rights
The Child Labor and Forced Labor Sector Risk Maps are part of our improved assurance system. Working with these maps, and our certification program, will give your company or farm the information needed to tackle human rights violations in your supply chain.
Project Profile: Mobilizing Türkiye’s Hazelnut Villages to Act on Child Labor and Poor Working Conditions
In the rugged hills of Turkey's Black Sea coast, hazelnut production is still mostly manual and heavily reliant on seasonal hired labor.
Protecting Workers, Farmers, and Foresters From Forced Labor and Modern Slavery
There is no place in either sustainable agriculture or responsible business for human rights abuses such as forced labor. This position paper first presents how the Rainforest Alliance defines forced... View more
2021 Annual Report: We Grow Together
Explore the Rainforest Alliance 2021 Annual Report! Inside you’ll meet the farmers, forest communities, businesses, and individuals who are working with us to create a world where people and nature... View more
FAQ: Support For Certification Bodies
The following questions and answers are meant to clarify and make more concrete specific requirements that Certification Bodies must audit against. They are organized by topic, and new topics will be added as clarification becomes relevant.