Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance (RA) emerged in the beginning of the 1990s as a certifier of environmentally friendly coffees, called Eco-OK. Certification activities have later been re-branded as “Rainforest Alliance Certified.” Rainforest Alliances’ mission is to integrate productive agriculture, biodiversity conservation and human development. It certifies both large and smallholder coffee producers in tropical countries.


From early efforts in Central America, it has expanded to other parts of Latin America and more recently to Africa and Asia. Sales are expanding rapidly in Northern America and Europe and are also on the rise in other markets including Japan, Australia and Brazil, though at a slower pace.


Rainforest Alliance standards were originally focused on environmental requirements though the social component has been considerably strengthened over the years. Standards include requirements for ecosystem and wildlife conservation, waste management, water conservation, community relations, as well as fair treatment and good conditions for workers, including compliance with ILO conventions.


The price premiums for certified Rainforest Alliance coffee range from US$ 0.04 to US$ 0.20 per pound with and average of US$ 0.10. These premiums depend largely on the quality of the product and the relationship between the buyer and the producer.


For more information visit www.rainforest-alliance.org