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NEWSLETTER  |  September 2018


Follow the Frog is Back for 2018!

Follow the Frog 2018 is Almost Here!

Our annual Follow the Frog campaign will take place Sept. 10-24, 2018, and we invite YOU to join us; to engage stakeholders, educate consumers on your sustainability commitments, and drive awareness and sales of your Rainforest Alliance Certified™ products. Find resources to get started, and subscribe for the latest updates on this year’s campaign!

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Collaborating Company Highlights

Costa Coffee’s 6,000 self-serve Express coffee bars in the UK are now serving 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee and a new video spotlighting this commitment is imbedded in the self serve machines. [Source]
Kroger grocery chains, which offers Rainforest Alliance Certified flowers, plants, chocolate, coffee, tea and more, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores. [Source]
McDonald’s is continuing the #ScaleForGood program with the help of Starbucks and Closed Loop Partners to form the NextGen Cup Consortium, developing next generation of recyclable and/or compostable cup systems. [Source]
Tesco became the first retailer in the United Kingdom to sell Rainforest Alliance Certified orange juice in August 2018.
Wawa achieved their 2018 sustainable coffee goal to source 100% of the made to order cold brew coffee and espresso drinks from Rainforest Alliance Certified beans. [Source]
Nepcon and Rainforest Alliance Sign Agreement for Certification Programme Acquisition, Delivering Credible Services at Global Scale

Nepcon and Rainforest Alliance Sign Agreement for Certification Programme Acquisition, Delivering Credible Services at Global Scale
NEPCon and the Rainforest Alliance have signed the agreement for NEPCon to acquire the RA-Cert certification program, creating an expanded organization to deliver certification services at an even wider global scale, helping to drive sustainability in agriculture, forestry and tourism. Learn more...

How Utz Is Grinding Towards Sustainability

How Utz Is Grinding Towards Sustainability
Melanie Mokken, Market Development Manager for Australia and New Zealand at UTZ and the Rainforest Alliance, was interviewed for “The Good News Movement” about the impacts of sustainable sourcing, and its increasing demand by consumers for companies to source "with the environment in mind." Learn more...

Community: The Secret To Stopping Deforestation In Guatemala

Community: The Secret To Stopping Deforestation In Guatemala
Community forestry is founded on the idea that people who make their living from the forest have a strong incentive to protect it. And it works. Since 1999 the Rainforest Alliance has been working in forest concessions of Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve, which boast a near-zero deforestation rate while improving community members’ livelihoods. Learn more...

Measuring the Impact  and ROI  of Corporate Sustainability

Measuring the Impact and ROI of Corporate Sustainability
Businesses are under increasing scrutiny and pressure from stakeholders and society to become more accountable for their environmental and societal impacts. Those who have committed to do so can choose from an increasing variety of reporting frameworks. Which reporting framework to choose, and what does it take to implement them? Learn more...

Accountability Framework Initiative Public Consultation

Accountability Framework Initiative Public Consultation
The Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) has just taken a major step forward in the effort to accelerate progress and improve accountability for ethical supply chain commitments in agriculture and forestry. AFi invites feedback on the Frameworks draft, to help shape its development and transform supply chains. Learn more...

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Recent and Upcoming Events

Experts from the Rainforest Alliance are speakers, panelists, participants, and hosts at many events around the world, such as these. For a full list of events, view our business websites.

Follow the Frog 2018
September 10-24, 2018 - Global
Global Climate Action Summit
September 12-14, 2018 - San Francisco, California, United States
Let's Talk Coffee
September 20-23, 2018 - Cartagena, Colombia
SCAJ World Specialty Coffee Conference and Exhibition 2018
September 26-28, 2018 - Tokyo, Japan
Coffee Tea Cocoa Global Industry Expo
October 10-12, 2018 - Hamburg, Germany
London Chocolate Forum
October 11, 2018 - London, UK
5th International Rice Congress
October 14-17, 2018 - Singapore
World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting
October 23-24, 2018 - São Paulo, Brazil
Innovation Forum Sustainable Landscapes Conference
November 6-7, 2018 - London, United Kingdom
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