The Rainforest Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with 15 years’ experience in sustainable agriculture. They work extensively in Latin America, where most of the world’s coffee is grown. By following the Rainforest Alliance guidelines, producers can improve worker conditions, provide training, reduce waste, reduce costs such as fertilizers and pesticides, implement better farm planning and monitoring, and recruit nature as an ally on the farm. These things make a farm more stable, generally more prosperous and more sustainable.
In most cases, improving farm management also improves the quality of the coffee. Better quality and the certification seal of approval help farmers become more profitable. For more information visit the Rainforest Alliance website.
All our freshly roasted coffees from our in-house roaster Green Farm are Rainforest Alliance certified and carry the distinctive ‘tree frog’ graphic. Other Rainforest Alliance products stocked by NVCS include PG Tips tea bags and most Kenco instant coffees.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Products that are Fairtrade Certified carry the distinctive Fairtrade mark. For more information visit the Fairtrade website.