We are always increasing quality control on coffee processing at origin in partnership with our producers. By mutual commitment with the producers and growers we can experiment and develop different ranges of products. We support initiatives towards social and environmental responsibilities. By working long-term when we see quality potential we are able to develop better consistency.
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When farmers can sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping.
When a product carries the FAIRTRADE Mark it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standards. The Fairtrade Standards are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade.
Organic farming is a way of producing food that respects natural life cycles. It minimises the human impact on the environment and operates as naturally as possible, in accordance with objectives and principles including the following:
- Crops are rotated so that on-site resources are used efficiently
- Chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, antibiotics and other substances are severely restricted
- Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are banned
- On-site resources are put to good use, such as manure for fertiliser or feed produced on the farm
- Disease-resistant plant and animal species adapted to the local environment are used
- Livestock are raised in a free-range, open-air environment and are fed on organic fodder
- Animal husbandry practices are tailored to the various livestock species
Organic agriculture produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics. USDA organic standards describe how farmers grow crops and raise livestock and which materials they may use.
Organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors follow a defined set of standards to produce organic food and fiber. Congress described general organic principles in the Organic Foods Production Act, and the USDA defines specific organic standards. These standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.
UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the UTZ-program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources. Now and in the future.
UTZ Certified wants sustainable farming to become the most natural thing in the world. And we’re on the right track because an increasing share of the world’s coffee, cocoa and tea is grown responsibly. In fact, almost 50% of all certified sustainable coffee is now UTZ.
Farms seeking Rainforest Alliance certification are regularly audited by members of our own certification team or one of our international partners in the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). These visits, along with occasional surprise audits, ensure that farmers are complying with the SAN’s comprehensive guidelines and are working toward continual improvement. Farms that have earned the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal are taking steps to:
- Maintain or increase tree cover
- Conserve soil quality and prevent erosion
- Reduce chemical use
- Protect wildlife
- Ensure the well-being of workers and their families by facilitating access to education and healthcare