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NEWSLETTER  |  January 2019

FARM TO MARKET

Mutual Recognition Now Available

Mutual Recognition Now Available

One of the first direct benefits of the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ merger is now available: mutual recognition of Chain of Custody certification for current certificate holders! Mutual recognition is designed to lessen the burden of dual certification, reduce costs, and streamline the process for companies sourcing from certified farms, until the new standard is launched at the end of 2019.

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Collaborating Company Highlights

 
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McDonald’s recapped their 2018 environmental highlights and 2019 plans, including continuing their key partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, in their commitment to sustainably sourced coffee and tea. [Source]
 
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Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA) approved new grants to a wide range of projects, including renewed funding to the Rainforest Alliance, to continue promoting sustainable Brazil nut harvesting and cocoa production in Peru. [Source]
 
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Tesco is committed to increase the number of responsibly sourced products on their shelves, with 100% of their private label brand black tea, coffee, chocolate, and bananas sourced from Rainforest Alliance certified farms by the end of 2018. [Source]
 
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Unilever CEO Paul Polman has stepped down from his role Jan. 1, 2019. During his tenure, Polman has spearheaded the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, helping revolutionize the world’s conception of what businesses could and should do for sustainability. [Source]
 
 
 
New Certification Standard Public Stakeholder Consultation Is Underway

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New Certification Standard Public Stakeholder Consultation Is Underway
The Rainforest Alliance is pleased to invite all its partners to be part of the first round of public consultation for the new agricultural certification standard through an online survey. The valuable feedback will provide insights on topics such as helping ensure that issues are properly addressed and evaluating the set-up of the standard and the pathways for improvement. Learn more...

COP24: Forests Are The Most Powerful and Efficient Carbon-Capture System on the Planet

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COP24: Forests Are The Most Powerful and Efficient Carbon-Capture System on the Planet
In light of the United Nations' recent annual climate change conference, COP24, Rainforest Alliance CEO, Han de Groot, addresses the importance of forests as natural climate solutions. Besides sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, forests are an efficient, powerful “technology” that already exists and can be implemented as a global-scale solution today. Learn more...

Belgium Commits To Making All Its Chocolate Sustainable

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Belgium Commits To Making All Its Chocolate Sustainable
Belgium has launched and signed a multi-stakeholder commitment to make all its chocolate sustainable and end deforestation in its cocoa supply chain. Representatives from the Belgian chocolate sector, civil society, social impact investors, universities and organizations, including the Rainforest Alliance, signed onto this historic partnership, called Beyond Chocolate. Learn more...

Global Coffee Platform and Rainforest Alliance’s New Long-Term Agreement

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Global Coffee Platform and Rainforest Alliance’s New Long-Term Agreement
The Global Coffee Platform and the Rainforest Alliance announced a new five-year collaboration which focuses on supporting coffee farming families around the globe in achieving a better, more sustainable future. The projects in the new partnership agreement will work on many issues, including economic viability and gender equity, on national and local levels. Learn more...

Case Study: #FollowTheFrog to Consumer Engagement

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Case Study: #FollowTheFrog to Consumer Engagement
Food Navigator looked at the success of the Rainforest Alliance 2018 #FollowTheFrog consumer engagement campaign, exploring how our multi-platform approach, including digital media, events and other activities, reached millions of people through partnering with our collaborating companies, online influencers, our own Instagram Sustainability Giveaway and more. Always a popular element is our still iconic RIFF award winning video. 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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International Spice Conference
January 28- 31, 2019 - Hyderabad, India
Fruit Logistica
February 6- 8, 2019 - Berlin, Germany
Melbourne International Coffee Expo
February 7 - 9, 2019 - Melbourne, Australia
African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition
February 13- 15, 2019 - Kigali, Rwanda
GreenBiz 2019
February 26- 28, 2019 - Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Natural Products Expo West
March 5- 9, 2019 - Anaheim, California, United States
Specialty Coffee Expo
April 11- 14, 2019 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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