Fairtrade certification, known as Max Havelaar certification in many non-English speaking countries, aims to reduce or elimate the financial exploitation of coffee farmers. It sets requirements for the purchaser of the coffee crop, including minimum prices, investment in production and the producers and encourages long-term relationships between farmer and buyer.
The EKO-certificate is applied on products which are produced during a biologic process. The EKO-certificate guarantees that producers do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
A broad ranging certification, the Rainforest Alliance sets minimum standards for labour conditions, as well as encouraging the preservation of nature and limiting environmental damage.
The UTZ Code of Conduct is an international ethical code with criteria covering social, ecological and economic sustainability. Products must meet all the relevant criteria to be awarded UTZ certified status.
The Common Code for the Coffee Community
With global ambitions, the Common Code for the Coffee Community aims to improve sustainability throughout the coffee industry. It applies throughout the production chain, demanding input from farmers, traders, roasters, retailers, consumers and activists.