Seeing the small frog logo on our products’ packaging means that all of our products are Rainforest Alliance Certified by the Rainforest Alliance itself, but what exactly does that entail? For us here at NibMor, this means that our products contain ingredients—most importantly cocoa—that are sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and/or forests.
These special farms and forests are managed under rigorous environmental, social, and economic criteria that ensure that wildlife is conserved, soils and waterways are safeguarded, and workers, their families, and their communities are protected. Thus, Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and forests enhance and increase livelihoods.
Rainforest Alliance Certified farms are regularly audited by members of Rainforest Alliance or Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). Farms that have the seal are expected to maintain or increase tree cover, conserve soil quality and prevent erosion, reduce chemical use, protect wildlife, and ensure that workers and their families have access to education and health care. So, all in all, these farms are expected to treat people and the planet with care.
Similarly, Rainforest Alliance Certified forests are often timbered by logging companies. These logging companies are also audited, but they are audited by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which Rainforest Alliance helped to establish in 1993. The FSC audits to ensure that endangered species are being protected, portions of land are set aside as forest reserve, workers are provided with decent wages,
imber rules are followed, and local communities and indigenous people are respected.
So, the bottom line is that by producing products that are Rainforest Alliance Certified, we are helping people and the planet to be more responsible through environmental, social, and economic advocacy. After all, we only have one planet, and we must do what we can to protect it.