2015 was a year of reflection on where we have been, and where we are going next.
It all starts with better farming.
Farmers apply the UTZ standard, which brings real benefits. Productivity goes up, farmers and workers have better opportunities, and the environment is protected. Being part of the UTZ program also means access to training, and better market connections.
A lot of our work is focused on expanding our reach and enabling more farmers to access the benefits of certification, and to make that happen it is vital that we collaborate with others.
Being part of the UTZ program generally leads to higher yields, bigger incomes and better living conditions for farmers and workers, as well as protection of the environment. These are the findings of recent studies into the impact of UTZ.
More and more companies are choosing to put sustainability at the heart of their business strategies – and they are working with UTZ to make it happen.
Today’s consumers are more informed than ever about sustainability issues, and they are looking for brands that deserve their loyalty and trust. We work with companies to find engaging ways to tell their sustainability stories. Here are a few examples of how it was done in 2015.
In 2015 our members sourced enough coffee, cocoa and tea to make more than:
Since its launch in 2002, the UTZ program has had a massive impact. More than a million farmers and workers are part of the program, and the UTZ label is a familiar site on coffee, cocoa and tea packaging all over the world. The UTZ certification program is stronger than ever, and we are now applying our expertise to new products.
In 2015 we continued innovating our program by applying our experience to new products. The first herbal tea carrying the UTZ logo hit the shelves, and important progress was made in hazelnuts and rice.
In 2015 we began an ambitious five year program to tackle issues that require a sector wide approach. Through the Sector Partnership Program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we are supporting and building the capacity of civil society and farmers to work with governments and companies.