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NEWSLETTER  |  FEBRUARY 2018

FARM TO MARKET

We’ve Merged! The Rainforest Alliance Joins Forces with Utz

We’ve Merged! The Rainforest Alliance Joins Forces with Utz

Han de Groot, the CEO of the new Rainforest Alliance and the former executive director of UTZ, reflects on the shared vision that brought the two organizations together, working towards a future where people and nature thrive in harmony. Learn by watching our video

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Collaborating Company Highlights

 
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Aldi, Marks & Spencer Nestlé, Unilever, and Walmart are among the companies reported as “most praised by activists in 2017.” [Source]

 
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Avery Dennison, Carrefour, Costco, Domtar, Kroger Co., McDonald's, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Staples, Tesco, Unilever and Walmart are just some of our collaborating companies recognized in Newsweek's Green Ranking: [Source]

 
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Dagoba tells the story via video of San Juan de Cheni, Peru, a village once terrorized by armed rebels that is flourishing through their commitment to growing sustainable cacao with the support of the Rainforest Alliance. [Source]

 
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Dunkin' Brands announces a switch from styrofoam to a more sustainable cup for their coffee [Source]

 
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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), L'Oreal, McCormick, and Nestlé are among the 2018 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index. [Source]

 
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Mars has pledged to put $1 billion toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 67% across its supply chain by 2050 as part of its Sustainability in a Generation plan. [Source]

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McDonald's announced a new commitment to sustainability, which could radically alter the amount of trash the world's biggest restaurant chain produces. [Source]

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Woolworths Tea produced a new video highlighting the impact of a cup of Rainforest Alliance Certified™ tea. [Source]

 
 
The Rainforest Alliance  UTZ Merger, A Sustainability Homecoming

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The Rainforest Alliance UTZ Merger, A Sustainability Homecoming
Rainforest Alliance agricultural certification expert Ria Stout years ago wrote the first certification standard for UTZ, making the merger a joining together of the two organizations to which she has dedicated her life. She offers her unique perspective on the future. Learn more...

The Rainforest Alliance Annual Report

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The Rainforest Alliance Annual Report
The Rainforest Alliance 2017 annual report is just released, featuring profiles of our extended family, from a field coordinator in Indonesia to an indigenous leader in the Amazon, who bring our mission to life and deliver tangible climate benefits to the world. Learn more...

Ghana Safeguards Cocoa Forest Landscape

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Ghana Safeguards Cocoa Forest Landscape
Ghana's effort to protect the cocoa forest landscape and improve sustainable agricultural livelihoods gets a push from the newly launched Rainforest Alliance/Olam Project. Learn more...

Rainforests: The Year in Review 2017

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Rainforests: The Year in Review 2017
Mongabay reveals that while 2017 has been a rough year for rainforests, there were still bright spots, including the establishment of new protected areas, better forest monitoring and research, and progress in recognizing the role local and indigenous communities play in conservation. Learn more...

RSPO Announces Formation Of The North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON)

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RSPO Announces Formation Of The North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON)
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announces the formation of NASPON, aiming to educate, build momentum and assist North American companies in making and delivering on commitments to source sustainable palm oil. Learn more...

BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support

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BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support
The world’s largest investor tells companies they need to do more than make profits — they need to contribute to society as well if they want to receive the support of BlackRock. Learn more...

Follow the Frog 2018!

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Follow the Frog 2018!
Get ready to #FollowtheFrog September 10-24th, 2018! The Follow the Frog campaign provides a platform to engage stakeholders such as consumers, customers, employees, and distributors, while spotlighting the meaningful impact of our collaborating companies’ products and initiatives. Learn more...

The Rainforest Alliance 2018 Annual Gala

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The Rainforest Alliance 2018 Annual Gala
The Rainforest Alliance will hold its most prestigious event of the year, the annual gala dinner and award show, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Learn more...

The Edelman Trust Barometer

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The Edelman Trust Barometer
The annual study exposes a rapidly changing world in which NGOs and businesses are among the most trusted institutions. Learn more...

The State of Green Business 2018

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The State of Green Business 2018
GreenBiz identifies three trends of particular interest: continued commitment of business to sustainability; the growing value financial analysts place on ESG (environmental, social, governance); and the trend toward science-based targets. Learn more...

 
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Recent and Upcoming Events

See below for a selection of events at which Rainforest Alliance experts serve as speakers, panelists, participants, and hosts. View our business website for the full list of events.

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GreenBiz 18
February 6-8, 2018 - Phoenix, Arizona, United States

 

Fruit Logistica
February 7-9, 2018 - Berlin, Germany

 

African Fine Coffee Conference
February 13-16, 2018 Kampala, Uganda

 

National Confectioners Association State of the Industry Conference
March 4-6, 2018 - Miami, FL, United States

 

Natural Products Expo West
March 8-10, 2018 - Anaheim, CA, United States

 

Responsible Business Summit
March 26-27, 2018 - Brooklyn, New York, United States

 

Innovation Forum
April 18th-19th, 2018, Washington DC, United States

 

Specialty Coffee Expo
April 19-22, 2018 - Seattle, WA, United States

 

Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Coffee Breakfast
April 20, 2018 - Seattle, WA, United States

 

World Cocoa Conference
April 22-25, 2018 - Berlin, Germany

 

Rainforest Alliance Leadership Summit
May 9, 2018 - New York City, NY, United States

 

Rainforest Alliance Annual Gala
May 9, 2018 - New York City, NY, United States

 
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