Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest. Is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 that works in agriculture and tourism in more that 50 countries to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainability.

It’s a certification program based upon sustainability with three fundamental pillars: the protection of the environment, equality and economic viability. It is based upon the Network for Sustainable Agriculture (RAS) norms. It required certain norms to be able to earn the Rainforest Alliance Certified Seal.

 

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  • What products can be certified?

    Almost 100 classes of crops may be certified in accordance with RAS norms to earn a Rainforest Alliance Seal. Some of the products are cacao, fruits, coffee and tea. 

  • Who can solicit Rainforest Alliance audit services?

    Any producer, exporter or exporting services that is interesting in voluntarily completing the process of Rainforest Alliance certification. 

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  • Is there a minimum amount of land required to initiate the process of certification?

    The size of the land the producer or exporter owns is unimportant. What is fundamental is the compromise with the program and environmental sustainability. 

  • What is the difference between a farm group and chain of custody?

    Farm: A unit of agricultural production - can be formed by several lots adjacent or separated geographically - subject to certification or audit: a plantation, ranch or farm a small producer.
     
    Group Certification: Certification of an organized group of producers with similar system of production, certification applies to the entire group.
     
    Chain of Custody: All steps in the value chain that are involved between primary production and final consumption, including the production, handling, processing, transportation and retail and wholesale trade.
  • How is Rainforest Alliance different from other certification services?

    The program was created keeping in mind change and the characteristics of the Latin American region. Implementing the program is facilitated by the mindfulness of the change needs of producers in Latin America. Rainforest Alliance has three main pillars: environmental sustainability, equality and economic viability.Furthermore, the application of norms contributes to risk management, cost reduction and the strengthening of work relations to create an environmental responsibility system.

  • Is there a market for Rainforest Alliance Certified?

    The Rainforest Alliance program is widespread and has achieved vast recognition as it is prominent in restaurants, offices and chains across the globe. Smart consumers are aware of the program and demand that eco-processes are followed across the globe. Pioneering companies are following the process and have become more interested in learning about the process. There is a growing consensus of an efficient way to guarantee the establishment and application of a best environmental practices system.

    The Rainforest Alliance Seal is synonym with sustainability, and has achieved public acknowledgement. Sustainability, a term traditionally associated with environmental agencies to describe the struggle to conserve the environment and achieve social justice is now a commonplace term and is beginning to be included in the social conscience of consumers who worry for the future of their son and daughters.

  • What are the minimum requirements that must be met to become certified with the Rainforest Alliance?

    Anyone interested in obtaining the RA seal have to meet at least the following requirements:
    • Meet 80% of the indicators
    • Have not less than 50% in each principle
    • No default on any critical criteria

The standard of the Sustainable Agriculture Network has 10 principles:

  • System of social and environmental management

    "The system of social and environmental management is a set of policies and procedures managed by the producer or by the administration of the estate to plan and execute operations so as to promote the implementation of best management practices in this statement. The management system is dynamic and adapts to the changes that occur. It also incorporates the results of internal and external evaluations to promote continuous improvement in the farm. The scale and complexity of the system of social and environmental management of the crop depends on the type, size and complexity of agricultural operations and environmental and social factors internal and external to the farm".

  • Ecosystem Conservation

    "Natural ecosystems are integral components of the agricultural and rural. Carbon sequestration, pollination of crops, pest control, biodiversity and soil conservation and water are some of the services provided by natural ecosystems on farms. Certified farms protect natural ecosystems and conduct activities to restore degraded ecosystems. It emphasizes the recovery of natural ecosystems in areas unsuitable for agriculture, and the restoration of primary forests, which are critical to the protection of waterways. The Sustainable Agriculture Network recognizes that forests and plantations are potential sources of timber and non-timber products when administered in a sustainable way that helps to diversify the income of farmers".

  • Protection of wildlife

    The farms certified under this standard are refuges for resident and migratory wildlife, especially for threatened or endangered. Certified farms protect natural areas that contain food for wildlife or habitats for breeding processes. Are conducted programs and activities for regenerating and restoring ecosystems important for wildlife on certified farms. At the same time, the farms, their owners and employees take measures to reduce and eventually eliminate the captivity of wild animals, despite the traditional roots of this practice in many regions of the world.

  • Water Conservation

    Water is vital for agriculture and for the families who depend on it. Certified farms conduct activities to conserve water and avoid waste. Prevent contamination of ground and surface water by treatment and wastewater monitoring. The Sustainable Agriculture Standard includes measures to prevent pollution of surface water runoff caused by chemicals or sediments. Farms that do not implement these measures should ensure through a program of monitoring and analysis of surface water that degrade water resources, until they meet the stipulated preventative actions.
  • Fair treatment and good conditions for workers

    All employees working in certified farms and families living on these farms, enjoy rights and conditions set forth by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Children and by the conventions and recommendations of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Wages and social benefits of workers are equal or greater than the minimum legal working hours can not exceed the provisions of national legislation or the ILO. Workers may organize and associate freely, without hindrance from the farm, especially to negotiate their working conditions. Certified farms do not discriminate or use forced labor or child labor, but rather strive to provide employment and education opportunities for surrounding communities. Housing provided by the farm is in good condition and has drinking water, sanitation and domestic waste collection. Families living on farms have access to health care and education to children.
  • Health and safety

    All certified farms have a program of occupational health and safety to reduce or prevent the risk of accidents in their workplaces. All workers receive training on how to do their work safely, especially in the application of agrochemicals. Certified farms provide the necessary equipment to protect workers and ensure that the tools, infrastructure, machinery and all equipment used on farms is in good condition and does not pose a hazard to human health or the environment. Measures are taken on farms to avoid the effects of chemicals on workers, neighbors and visitors. Certified farms identify potential emergencies and are prepared with plans and equipment to respond to any event or incident and minimize potential impacts on workers and the environment.
  • Community Relations

    Certified farms are good neighbors. Are positively related to the neighbors and surrounding communities, and local interest groups. The farms periodically with communities, neighbors and stakeholders of its activities and plans, and consult with each other regarding changes on farms that have potential impacts on local environmental and social welfare. Certified farms contribute to local economic development through training and employment, and try to avoid negative impacts on the areas, activities or services important to local people.
  • Integrated Crop Management

    The Sustainable Agriculture Network encourages the elimination of the use of chemicals known internationally, regionally and nationally for their negative impact on human health and natural resources. Certified farms contribute to the elimination of these products through integrated crop management to reduce the risks and effects of pest infestations. It also records the use of agrochemicals to consumption and to comply with the reduction and elimination of these, especially the most toxic products. To minimize waste and excessive application of agrochemicals, the farms have procedures and equipment for mixing chemicals and maintain and calibrate application equipment. Certified farms do not use chemicals in the country unregistered nor transgenic organisms or other entities or prohibited by different national and international conventions.
  • Soil Management and Conservation

    One goal of sustainable agriculture is to improve soils that support long-term agricultural production. Certified farms are active to prevent or control erosion and thus reduce the loss of nutrients and the negative impacts on water bodies. The farms have a fertilization program based on crop needs and soil characteristics. The use of vegetation coverage on crops and crop rest contributes to the recovery of the natural fertility of the soil and reduces dependence on chemicals to control pests and weeds. Certified farms establish new production areas only in those lands suitable for agriculture, and new crops, and never by cutting of forests.
  • Integrated Resources Management

    Certified farms are neat and clean. Workers and residents cooperate with the farms clean and are proud of the image that has the property. There are programs to manage waste by type and quantity, through recycling, reduction and reuse of waste. The final destination of the waste on the farm is administered and designed to minimize potential impacts on the environment and on human health. Certified farms have evaluated the transport and treatment services supplied by contractors and know the final destination of the waste generated on the farm.

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