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Different Certifications



As there are so many certifications and is hard to understand them all, we thought we would explain the different certifications and how each one works. Hopefully this will give you a full understanding of them and if necessary you may want your company to join one of them.



Their Mission

  • The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour.
  • Companies, cooperatives and landowners that participate in our programmes meet rigorous standards that conserve biodiversity and provide sustainable livelihoods.  

Their Approach

  • At the Rainforest Alliance, they believe that the key to ensuring long and healthy lives for people, for wildlife and for the planet is by establishing sustainable ways of working the land.
  • By creatively and systematically helping to overhaul the way that crops and timber are produced and the way tourism is managed, the Rainforest Alliance, its partners and the consumers they serve are ensuring that the resources we depend on today will be here far into the future.  

How They Do It

  • By connecting conservation to your life! The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal of approval makes it easy for consumers to know they are buying a product that has been grown or made sustainably. The companies who sell these products also make sure their customers know they are good neighbours in their communities and that they take care of their workers and protect the environment.

    At the Rainforest Alliance their work is guided by these core values:
    • Respect and concern for natural environments, local peoples and all stakeholders
    • Dedication to pioneering pragmatic innovations with respect to common practices
    • A belief that sustainability is achievable only through collaboration and mutual success
    • An unwavering commitment to integrity in all that they do
    • Respect and concern for natural environments, local peoples and all stakeholders
    • Dedication to pioneering pragmatic innovations with respect to common practices
    • A belief that sustainability is achievable only through collaboration and mutual success
    • An unwavering commitment to integrity in all that they do.  
  • The Rainforest Alliance believes that it is possible to create a sustainable society, one that protects the planet and provides sustainable livelihoods for its people.
  • To achieve their vision, they must transform the current destructive market system into one that values sustainable production, sourcing, consumption and equitable trade.




  • FLO-CERT GmbH is an independent International Certification company offering Fair trade Certification services to clients in more than 70 countries
  • Fair trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its purpose is to create opportunities for producers and workers who have been economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system. If fair access to markets under better trade conditions would help them to overcome barriers to development, they can join Fair trade.
  • The FAIRTRADE Mark is a registered certification label for products sourced from producers in developing countries .



  • Organic Farmers & Growers is a leading UK organic control body with a reputation for practical, efficient and friendly service.
  • Organic Farmers & Growers is one of a number of control bodies accredited by Defra and is approved to inspect organic production and processing in the UK.
  • Organic Farmers & Growers has its national headquarters in Shrewsbury, Shropshire and operates across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
  • Organic Farmers & Growers has established its own organic Assurance Scheme and is able to inspect and certify the following types of operations:
    • Arable and livestock farms
    • On farm processing
    • Food processers, wholesalers and retailers
    • Importers of organic products from EU member states and third countries
    • Storage and warehousing operations
  • Organic Farmers & Growers is fully accredited with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to EN45011 and is audited annually by both UKAS and Defra to confirm equivalence with the standard and the organic regulations.
  • Organic Farmers & Growers prides itself on adopting a practical and realistic approach to organic production and the implementation of the Regulations.


  • The UTZ Certified ‘Good Inside' cocoa programme implements a credible certification and traceability system for mainstream cocoa to ensure that the industry and consumers know that the cocoa is produced in a sustainable, responsible and safe way.
  • UTZ Certified ‘Good Inside' cocoa programme was launched in 2008 in Côte d'Ivoire.
  • In September 2009, after an independent audit, the first co-operatives received certification. The first UTZ Certified cocoa and chocolate became available in March 2010.
  • In 2010, 300 farmer field schools will train 10,000 cocoa farmers in 35 farming co-operatives, resulting in 10,000Mt of sustainably grown cocoa.
  • UTZ Certified is designed as a mainstream model that seeks to implement a worldwide certification and traceability programme for responsible commodity production and sourcing.
  • The steering members of the ‘Good Inside' cocoa programme are UTZ Certified, Cargill, ECOM Agro industrial, Heinz, Ahold, Mars and Nestle.
  • Producers don't pay any membership fee to UTZ CERTIFIED, they carry the costs of compliance and certification. For members, there is a membership fee for the first years of the programme while it is scaling up a lot. Afterwards it will be replaced by a volume based fee for the cocoa that is bought as UTZ CERTIFIED. The income from the membership fee is invested in capacity building in origin. Later on the income from the fee will be used for programme management, the maintenance of the online traceability system,  marketing & communications. They have the goal to be self-financing and they have achieved this goal in the coffee programme.  

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