Topics Archives: Certification

Africa Fairtrade Convention

Performers at the Africa Fairtrade Convention

Efforts to increase collaboration between cocoa producers, international traders, partner organizations and policy makers took a major step forward during the second annual Africa Fairtrade Conventionin Accra, Ghana on November 23rd through 26th.  The convention, which has grown substantially in just a year under the leadership of Fairtrade Africa Chairman Yorokamu Abainenamar and Executive

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The Future of Certification: Farmers Must Come First

Last Thursday, SustainAbility published a study to consider the future of certification systems. The study, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, was supported by Mars (along with many other companies) and found:

[…] there is a need to deconstruct and evolve the old model that combines standards, certification and on-pack marks. Instead we urge a shift towards a new model based upon increasingly demanding and pre-competitive

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Mars Chocolate Announces Fairtrade International Agreement

The following post is authored by Alastair Child, Mars Global Chocolate Cocoa Sustainability Director.

Today’s announcement of Mars Chocolate’s first Fairtrade product marks an important milestone in our mission to deliver better tools and opportunities to farmers so they can grow more productive crops and build vibrant, sustainable livelihoods.

More than two years in the making, our agreement with Fairtrade International is part of

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Mars Chocolate Germany and UTZ Certified Visit Ghana Cocoa Farmering Schools

Visit to Ghana – Attending a farmer field school

Note: This post is authored by Nico Schiller, Corporate Affairs Manager at Mars Chocolate Germany

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Uncommon collaborations – a view from the Rainforest Alliance conference and Gala

I spent yesterday at the Rainforst Alliance Marketing Sustainability and Certification Workshop in New York and enjoyed their Gala Dinner where Mars was honoured with a Sustainable Standard Setter award by Rainforest Alliance in recognition of commitments and work in sustainability.

Two key themes emerged from the panels and presentations on which our own Global Staff Officer for Plant Science and External Research, Howard

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