What's at Stake
The production of many commonly traded goods—coffee, chocolate, tea, bananas, palm oil, and timber—often involves human rights abuses. While progress has been made in recent years, thorny problems such as child labor, forced labor, poor working conditions, low wages, gender inequality, and the violation of Indigenous land rights are still embedded in many supply chains.
Our Work: Human Rights
The Rainforest Alliance brings together producers, companies, governments, nonprofit organizations, and consumers to advance human rights in the landscapes where we work. We work both to transform business practices and government policy, as well as promote the rights of our partner communities within our certification system and sustainable development initiatives.
All resources for Human rights
Advocacy complements the other main areas of our work by shaping policies and practices that will affect agriculture, forests, and business for years and decades to come.
The Rainforest Alliance protects and promotes the human rights of more than 1.5 million farmworkers through our certification program, and of tens of thousands more in our community-level work.
Piloting our 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard: how our assess-and-address approach is tackling human rights issues
Our 2020 Certification Program promotes an assess-and-address approach and grievance mechanism for tackling human rights issues. This new, risk-based system focuses on prevention, engagement, and improvement and incentivizes farmers and companies to tackle human rights issues rather than hide them. It also requires farms and farmer groups to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The Rainforest Alliance promotes a gender transformative approach through our four key interventions: certification, landscapes management, supply chain services, and advocacy.