Why the Rainforest Alliance matters to us

We embarked upon a huge project in Rwanda with FRICH and the Rainforest Alliance.

It’s the launch of Follow the Frog – the Rainforest Alliance’s annual celebration of certification and everything that entails.

All of our coffees are independently certified, and the vast majority come from farms certified by the Rainforest Alliance.

So we thought we should take a look at what RA certification means to us.

Our trainee commodities buyers Becky Mundy says: “Conducting business fairly in a way that has a positive effect on the world is at the heart of all our relationships with our tea and coffee suppliers, but isn’t something we can do on our own.

“Building a strong partnership with Rainforest Alliance has helped us to make a real difference on the ground quickly and effectively, working with our suppliers both to conserve biodiversity and to improve the livelihoods of the farmers we work with.

“Not only does this help us to fulfil our commitment to trading fairly and respectfully, it also enables us to ensure we maintain the highest standards of fantastic quality tea and coffee.”

At Taylors, we rely on our suppliers to grow consistently great quality coffee, so we work extremely hard to build long-lasting relationships with them, investing in their communities and their environment to help ensure both are thriving and resilient.

We pay fair, sustainable prices and a premium for quality and our buyers regularly visit the farms and co-operatives we buy from.

Certifications have a huge impact on improving social and environmental standards – so we’ve helped existing suppliers who weren’t Rainforest Alliance certified to work towards it, helping to reduce the environmental impact of each farm – from introducing natural water filtration schemes to improving worker safety, increasing pay and preventing soil erosion through better farming techniques.

Our belief in ethical, sustainable trade goes even further. Since 2009, we have been working alongside the Rainforest Alliance with FRICH, a UK Government Challenge Fund which works to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa.

Furthermore, our own grant scheme invites suppliers to apply for match funding towards projects which will benefit their communities – from classrooms and crèches to recycling and clean drinking water.

It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s something we’re really proud of. And we think it makes the coffee taste better.

You can find out more about the Rainforest Alliance here.

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