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NEWSLETTER  |  November 2018

FARM TO MARKET

The Rainforest Alliance Statement on Current Low Coffee Prices

The Rainforest Alliance Statement on Current Low Coffee Prices

International coffee prices are at their lowest levels in 12 years, which has a devastating impact on the 25 million coffee farming families worldwide and on the landscapes they depend on. At the Rainforest Alliance, we believe the key to a sustainable coffee sector is ensuring that producers—large or small—are economically viable businesses.

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Collaborating Company Highlights

 
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Colgate-Palmolive, GSK, Hershey’s, Kraft Heinz, Lavazza, Mars, Nestle, P&G, and Unilever are Rainforest Alliance collaborating companies included in the Forbes ranking of the 100 World's Most Reputable Companies for Corporate Responsibility 2018. [Source]
 
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Dunkin’ Brands expands its coffee sustainability commitment by sourcing its Dark Roast Coffee from 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ beans-- building on a 2017 commitment to use only certified beans for espresso. [Source]
 
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Lidl has made a commitment to 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa by 2018. [Source]
 
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Mars launched its Cocoa For Generations strategy to improve its cocoa supply chain, backed by a $1 billion investment over 10 years, and is continuing to work with the Rainforest Alliance, maintaining its current volume of certified cocoa. [Source]
 
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McDonald’s UK celebrates its 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee in this new social media video, encouraging consumers to #FollowTheFrog to McCafe for a sustainably sourced cup of coffee. [Source]
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REWE German retailers has now introduced 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified Pineapple Direct Juice under their "Beste Wahl"/"Best Choice" private label. [Source]
 
 
NEPCon and RA-Cert

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NEPCon and RA-Cert
RA-Cert’s transition from the Rainforest Alliance to NEPCon is official, and will help drive the shared mission and expand the capacity for certification, verification, and assurance services that both NEPCon and RA-Cert have been delivering in sustainable forestry, agriculture, responsible sourcing, biomass, carbon footprinting, and tourism. Learn more...

Public Consultation on New Standard

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Public Consultation on New Standard
Later this month, a first draft of the Rainforest Alliance’s new agriculture certification standard will be published. We will run a full public consultation including workshops and an open online survey. Learn more and stay updated on exact dates on our website. Learn more...

New Mass Balance and Traceability Guidelines

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New Mass Balance and Traceability Guidelines
The Rainforest Alliance has released updated guidelines for our Mass Balance Sourcing Program, extending the MB approach to orange juice, palm oil, and coconut oil. We’ve also published our official Traceability Guidelines for all bananas, cocoa, coffee, tea, palm and coconut oils and orange juice products sold as Rainforest Alliance Certified™. ally to address this with the Our Forest, Our Future educational workshop. Learn more...

Traceability in Marketplace Now Available for Palm Oil

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Traceability in Marketplace Now Available for Palm Oil
Users of Marketplace 2.0, our online portal for claims and approvals, can now register sales and purchases of Rainforest Alliance Certified Palm Oil products. The use of this portal for palm oil is not mandatory, but it can help meet chain of custody requirements in a platform already well established for other Rainforest Alliance products. Learn more...

Sustainable Palm Oil Coalition for India launched

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Sustainable Palm Oil Coalition for India launched
The Rainforest Alliance along with WWF, RSPO, and the Centre for Responsible Business in India has launched the Sustainable Palm Oil Coalition in India, aimed at strengthening multi-stakeholder sectoral initiatives and responsible sourcing decisions for palm oil in agri-food value chains. Learn more...

Seeing The Forest For The Trees

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Seeing The Forest For The Trees
The UN Environment Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming has sounded the alarm with greater urgency than ever before: We are at a critical point for the future of the planet. Martin Noponen, Rainforest Alliance Director for Climate, weighs in on the critical importance given in the report to nature-based climate solutions and enhancing carbon sinks in natural ecosystems. Learn more...

FTF 2018 Recap Report

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FTF 2018 Recap Report
The Rainforest Alliance 2018 Follow the Frog campaign was met with great success, engaging more than 70 companies and numerous online influencers, inspiring millions of consumers worldwide. This recap report presents a snapshot of this year’s campaign activations, as well as a look ahead for how to get involved next year. Learn more...

Our Annual Gala + Community Leadership Honorees

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Our Annual Gala + Community Leadership Honorees
Next year, our Annual Gala will take place on Wed., May 8, 2019, at the American Museum of Natural History, and will feature a silent auction, award ceremony, formal dinner, and entertainment. Read about the six leaders in sustainable farming and responsible forestry nominated for the Community Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Gala. 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.

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Innovation Forum Sustainable Landscapes Conference
November 6-7, 2018 - London, United Kingdom 
Business for Social Responsibility Conference
November 6-8, 2018 - New York City, United States
International Coffee Week
November 7-9, 2018 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Global Coffee Sustainability Conference
November 8-10, 2018 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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