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Rainforest Alliance to merge with UTZ to form single certification body

By Michael Holder

Source: Business Green

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New supply chain sustainability certification organisation to continue under Rainforest Alliance name after merger takes place later this year

Two of the world's largest supply chain sustainability certification bodies - the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ - have announced their intention the merge into a single organisation later this year, in a bid to boost the number of sustainably sourced products available around the world.

The new organisation, which will continue under the Rainforest Alliance name, will tackle a range of environmental and social issues around the world, including climate change, deforestation, rural poverty, and unsustainable farming practices, it said.

The merger will create a single global certification standard in order to simplify accreditation for farmers and companies with global supply chains, bringing together existing UTZ standards and those of the Sustainable Agriculture Network into a single auditing process for certificate holders.

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