For most people in the UK, the phrase ‘Every Little Helps’ is synonymous with Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer. Recently, at a small event in a community centre in London, Dave Lewis, the CEO of Tesco, launched their new ‘Little Helps Plan’ to an audience of key suppliers, partners, government and non-governmental organizations.
El Álamo Agricultural and Forestry Company’s tree plantations have been FSC Certified by the Rainforest Alliance since 2002, and the company recently achieved Rainforest Alliance Certification™ for its production of apples, grapes and blueberries.
Here in the US, where the Rainforest Alliance headquarters is located, 95% of people who will be celebrating Halloween this year plan on purchasing candy, spending a projected $2.7 billion according to the National Retail Federation. Those sugary, chocolate-y favorites are more than just fun festivities; they are significant commodities.
Every year the World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting (WCFPM) brings together a diverse group of actors in the cocoa industry, including representatives from companies along the cocoa supply chain, members of governments of cocoa producing countries, and relevant NGO actors to discuss challenges and solutions for improving the sustainability of the cocoa sector.
Ecosystems – mountains, wetlands, agricultural land, forests – provide a variety of services that are economically valuable: freshwater supply for human settlements, food production, storm protection, pollination and carbon sequestration. For the first time, several communities in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal will be able to receive extra payments for the protection of their forests that provide invaluable ecosystem services and benefits