Sustainable and responsible production
The main theme of the standard is sustainable production, counteract upon deforestation, support biodiversity, human rights, work against discrimination by gender and corruption. The standards consist of a producer part ”Farm Organizations” and one for food industry and retailers ”Supply Chain standard”.
To be able to use Rainforest Alliance-certified raw materials and label the final product with Rainforest Alliance’s logo, the company must be certified and annually revised according the Rainforest Alliance Supply Chain standards by an independent certification body accredited for these standards.
Kiwa offers certification according to the Rainfores Alliance Supply Chain standard. This part is suitable for importers/traders and processors of a variety of crops such as coffee, tea, cocoa and hazelnuts and implies that products can be labelled with Rainforest Alliance logo which will give added value to the products. On Rainforest Alliance website you’ll find more information as well as standard documents for downloading: www.rainforest-alliance.org. Current version: Rainforest Alliance 2020 Certification Program, Publication date 30/06/2020 version 1, SA-R-GA-1-V1
Products are traceable back to farm
Rainforest Alliance also offers an innovative web-based marketplace where all certified farmers, importers, processors and retailers can do business in an effective way. All batches of goods are given an unique ID-number that is traceable throughout the chain from consumer pack back to the origin. It is always the licensed actor (Certificate Holder) that has the responsibility to register all purchases and sales in this market place in order to maintain the traceability.
Apply for certification
To be able to start a certification process it is necessary that you have registered your business at Rainforest Alliance. More information and details concerning the standards are found at the Rainforest Alliance website. After you have received approval from Rainforest Allliance, you can apply for an agreement for certification according to Rainforest Alliance Supply Chain standard.
Policy on zero-tolerance concerning corruption and grievance procedure
Consistent throughout the whole Rainforest Program is the effort to counteract upon all forms of corruption which not only include certified companies but also affects the accredited certification bodies. Kiwa has a policy against corruption that include all employees on every level as well as consultants connected to the company. Please see our policy here.