UTZ is a labeling scheme that you can find on products, such as coffee, tea, palm oil and cotton. In fact, UTZ the largest sustainability program for coffee area. In 2012, 9% of the market.
UTZ is a Dutch non-profit organization that works to improve the conditions for sustainable production in the above categories. This is done by training and information for farmers, so enabling them to improve their productivity and product quality while taking good care of people and the environment.
Some UTZ-produced products (coffee, cocoa and tea) can be traced via UTZ 'traceability system, but it requires that both the seller and the buyer in the supply chain are certified.
Like the Rainforest Alliance is UTZ also criticized for being a 'Fairtrade-light version. The main reason is that they do not give the farmers a minimum price for the harvest. This makes UTZ-certified products cheaper than, say, Fair Trade products, but also makes producers more vulnerable when world prices often vary.
Want to learn more?
You can read more about UTZ label requirements to become certified, etc. At the following websites:
• https: //www.utzcertified.org/
• http: //fairtradedanmark.dk/andre-maerkninger/utz-certified
• http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTZ_Certified