Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance (RA) Standard enables farmers to protect their forest, improve their livelihoods and those of the community, promote their human rights and help them to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. Control Union Certifications (CUC) is a globally recognized certification body offering RA certification for farming and supply chain.
Control Union Certifications is recognized by RA for following product categories:
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Flowers
  • Fruit (incl. mango and avocado)
  • Nuts
  • Tea
  • Vegetable
Rainforest Alliance

RA certification process

  1. Companies holding a valid UTZ certificate Companies holding a valid UTZ certificate have received communication directly from Rainforest Alliance in order to facilitate endorsement of the current UTZ certificate. In case you have any question on this, please contact Rainforest Alliance through the below email addresses:
    a. Certification@ra.org
    b. Customersuccess@ra.org

  2. Companies preparing the audit, not holding an UTZ certificate or new to RA
    a. Complete your profile in the new Rainforest Alliance Certification Platform (RACP) and RA will provide you with a verification level (A to E) determining the audit regime.
    b. For companies with verification level A: Audit exempt. Please complete the self-assessment by logging into the RACP and clicking on the 'endorsement preparation data' tab. From here you can select 'open' and you will be guided through the process. Once completed, please upload the self-assessment into the RACP for RA to review. Once this is completed and RA has confirmed all required information, RA will issue your audit exempt Endorsement Certificate.
    c. For companies with verification levels B-E: audit is required. Please send this information to CUC so we can schedule an audit. Complete the self-assessment by logging into the RACP and clicking on the 'audit preparation data' tab. From here you can select 'open' and you will be guided through the process. Once completed, please upload the self-assessment in to the RACP as well as send it to CUC. Complete the tab “Application Form”. Once completed, please upload into the RACP and send it to CUC to complete the remaining tabs.
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