Rainforest Alliance, which recently merged with UTZ, has launched a first round of public consultation for a new Rainforest Alliance certification standard.
“Since the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ joined forces in January, our first order of business has been to reimagine one of the most powerful tools we have to drive social, environmental, and economic transformation in production landscapes: certification,” said Rainforest Alliance.
“Our merger gave us the opportunity to not only create a joint standard, but to rethink the complete system to be more impactful.
“This new standard is being published for a first round of external consultation which will be open until 28 February 2019. Feedback is of key importance for us to check that all important issues are properly addressed, to evaluate the set-up of the standard and the pathways for improvement.
“It is also an opportunity for us to learn from all other feedback gathered. Apart from the standard itself, we are also asking for feedback on the way the Rainforest Alliance will work in the future with prices and premiums.
“Our public consultation process is an essential step to creating a stronger approach to certification, one that calls for deeper engagement and greater transparency along the entire supply chain. Through this consultation process, the Rainforest Alliance and our partners will co-create the basis for a greater social, environmental, and economic transformation.”
The Rainforest Alliance website has a survey and Q&A that explains choices that could be made in the standard.