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UTZ Certified

UTZ Certified Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Herbs and Rooibos

UTZ Certified is a certification programme for the sustainability of coffee, cocoa, tea and Hazelnut. UTZ (pronounced ‘oots’) means ‘good’ in Mayan, a language out of Guatemala, where the programme originated. The UTZ Certified programme was created in 1997. It was born out of the mutual desire of a Guatemalan coffee producer and a Dutch coffee roasting firm, Ahold Coffee Company, to improve knowledge sharing between the operators in the commercial chain of the ‘little green beans’.

How you benefit

Our mother company Control Union Certifications is an independent international certification body, approved by UTZ to carry out inspections, audits and awards certificates. We are offering assurance across the globe.

These include:

  • Codes of Conduct

UTZ Certified Codes of Conduct (COC) is a worldwide certification programme to promote the responsible production of agricultural commodities. UTZ gives the assurance of professional, social and environmental quality in production practices. Practices that are expected by brands and consumers. With an UTZ Certified Codes of Conduct certificate, coffee, cocoa, tea and hazelnut producers can demonstrate sound agricultural practices, efficient farm management and responsible production of their crop.

  • Chain of Custody

The UTZ Certified Chain of Custody (CHOC) requirements for coffee, cocoa, tea and hazelnut have been designed to instil a high level of confidence. Specifically, that UTZ Certified produce is physically and/or administratively related to UTZ Certified producers. Chain of Custody certification is required for all those acting within a supply chain who obtain legal ownership, physically handle and/or make product claims about UTZ.

How to get certified

Are you a producer, buyer (exporter, importer, trader) or processor, and would you like to participate in the UTZ Certified programme? Your first step is to register online at www.utzcertified.org. After this, get in touch with us by clicking the contact button on this page.

Together with Control Union Certifications B.V. we can offer all scopes of certification, globally and with qualified auditors. When the Certificate of Compliance is issued, you will be asked to add all required certification information onto UTZ’s online Good Inside Portal (GIP). This is an online traceability system that monitors credibility claims throughout the supply chain.