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NEWSLETTER  |  AUGUST 2017

FARM TO MARKET

The Rainforest Alliance and UTZ to Merge

Sri Lankan Tea Farmers Fight Deforestation and Climate Change

The Rainforest Alliance’s video showcases our work (part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) tea program) to train tea estate workers and smallholders in sustainable agriculture practices, such as innovative weed-control methods that help nurture soil, reduce input costs, and increase yields.

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Nigel Sizer, President Rainforest Alliance, discusses deforestation in Brail on CNN

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Rainforest Alliance president Nigel Sizer discusses deforestation in Brazil on CNN
The Rainforest Alliance president Nigel Sizer joined CNN Money with Maggie Lake to discuss deforestation in Brazil, and the Brazilian president’s new bill to reduce deforestation controls in the Amazon. Learn more...

Sourcing Ethical Coffee: How to Find the Right Provider

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VICE Impact delves into the importance of farmer training app
Global advocacy platform, VICE Impact, interviewed Jessie Baker of the Rainforest Alliance’s Landscapes team about our innovative farmer training app, and why the app is essential to advancing sustainable agriculture practices. Learn more...

Food, Farmers, And The Future

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Food, Farmers, And The Future
Rainforest Alliance founder and current chairman of the board, Daniel Katz, discusses the potential impact of the intended merger with UTZ on food, farmers, and the future. Learn more...

Spotlight on Some of the Best Nonprofit Videos (and some For-Profit Ones, too)

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Spotlight on Some of the Best Nonprofit Videos (and some For-Profit Ones, too)
The Rainforest Alliance “Follow the Frog” video has been named one of the 13 best non-profit videos of the past 13 years (which is how long YouTube has existed). See who else was recognized.

The Rainforest Alliance launches new training platform

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The Rainforest Alliance launches new training platform
The Rainforest Alliance has launched a new online training platform, a practical and comprehensive learning resource for best practices in sustainable agriculture, tourism, REDD+, and more, in both English and Spanish. Learn more...

New opportunities to participate in the Accountability Framework initiative

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New opportunities to participate in the Accountability Framework initiative
The Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) is a collaborative project to establish common definitions, norms, and good practices for delivering on companies’ ethical supply chain commitments. The first version will be released for consultation and comment September 2017. Learn more and request to be alerted when the AFi is released.

 
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Collaborating Company Highlights

 
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Ethical Corporation released the shortlist for the Responsible Business Awards, including many companies that work with the Rainforest Alliance. Congratulations Barry Callebaut Group, IKEA, Nestlé Nespresso SA, Marks and Spencer, Olam and PepsiCo. [Source]

 
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Dole’s Huelquen farm in Chile achieves Rainforest Alliance certifications. Located in Paine, Chile, Huelquen farm grows 100 hectares of grapes under the Dole label as well as private labels. [Source]

 
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As part of the Olam International’s climate-smart cocoa project in South and Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, we work with dedicated trainers who go to great lengths to educate rural cocoa farmers on climate-smart farming practices. [Source]

 
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7-Eleven announces its third Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee, this one as a permanent offering rather than a special promotion. This single-origin Colombian makes good on the company's commitment to offering sustainable coffee. [Source]

 
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As part of the Cocoa & Forests initiative, leading cocoa companies (including companies working with the Rainforest Alliance such as Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Mars, Olam, Unilever and more) have agreed to a statement of intent to commit to end deforestation in the global cocoa supply chain. [Source]

 
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The Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada, launched a new visitor engagement promotion to educate visitors about buying Rainforest Alliance Certified™ products to help protect wildlife. [Source]

 

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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Colombo International Tea Convention
August 8-11th, 2017 - Colombo, Sri Lanka 

 

Global Sustainability Summit - Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturer’s Association
August 9-11, 2017 - Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 

Roasters Guild Retreat
August 17-20, 2017 - Buford, Georgia, USA

 

Forest Stewardship Council General Assembly
October 8-13, 2017 - Vancouver, Canada

 

World Banana Forum Global Conference
November 8-9, 2017 - International Conference Centre-Geneva, Switzerland

 

Innovation Forum: How Business Can Tackle Deforestation
November 14-15, 2017 - London, United Kingdom

 
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