When you buy UTZ certified coffee, cocoa or tea you are helping build a better future. UTZ stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the UTZ program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources. Now and in the future. And that tastes a lot better.
The Shift helpt leden gebruik maken van het globaal kader van de UN Sustainable Development Goals om hun maatschappelijke ambities in kaart te brengen.
1. End poverty
Better crop Better farming methods lead to better crop. Farmers with better crops have better prospects, which is what UTZ is about. Not only do the farmers produce more, they achieve better quality at lower costs. More and more farmers around the world now have more opportunities because of the UTZ program. Better income UTZ certified farmers are trained to also be good business people. This enables them to produce more at lower costs while producing better quality harvests. This way farmers are able to invest in their families, a sound business, the people who work there and in their futures.
13. Climate action
UTZ has a wide range of requirements aimed at safeguarding nature, biodiversity and our climate. Farmers are trained to be careful and efficient in the way they use land, water, raw materials and energy. - Respect for protected areas, plant and animal life and water sources - Preventing deforestation and planting shade trees - Optimizing and reducing the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides - Efficient waste collection, processing and recycling - Using energy carefully and encouraging the use of sustainable energy sources
2. End hunger
At UTZ, it all starts with better farming. After all, better farming makes a lot of other things better too: harvests increase, incomes go up, prospects improve and nature is safeguarded. When farmers apply new skills and techniques they are able to get more out of their business, their land and themselves. - Efficient use of land, water, fertilizer and manpower - The right way to plant, maintain and harvest crops - Development of recordkeeping and management plans - Managing risks such as persistent drought or excessive rainfall
5. Gender equality
UTZ wants all children of farmers and workers to grow up in healthy circumstances and in a safe environment. UTZ sets specific requirements for the protection and development of children, which includes schooling and playtime. Another area of special attention is the care for pregnant women. - No child labor - Informational sessions on the importance of going to school and health risks - Keeping hazardous materials away from children and drinking water - Medical care for mothers and children - Maternity leave for workers