Certifications

For Mare Terra, sustainability means an inescapable attitude of concerrn for the environment, improvements in the quality and standard of living of all familes at origin. 

For this, the coffee farms with which we collaborate, struggle every day for a sustainable coffee culture, getting involved and developing conduct standards in certifications such as:

 

Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and secure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

Certified farms must comply with rigorous standards designed to protect ecosystems, ensure the well-being of local communities and improve productivity.

The Rainforest Alliance seal is an internationally recognized symbol of environmental, social and economic sustainability that helps both businesses and consumers do their part to ensure a better future for all.

Choosing Rainforest Alliance Certified ™ agricultural products supports the millions of farmers and farm workers around the world who work to improve their livelihoods and their families´, while protecting the planet.

At short term, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ to merge, forming a new, stronger organization. The new organization will create a single agriculture sustainability standard, it will simplify the certification process and continue to improve livelihoods for farmers and forest communities.

Utz Certified

UTZ is the largest certification program of the world. More than 520.000 coffee farmers and workers benefit from the UTZ program. UTZ stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment.

Together with key players in the industry, including farmers, roasters and retailers, UTZ is committed to creating a sustainable, viable coffee market. How? Through an efficient certification and traceability program for socially and environmentally responsible coffee production that meets the needs of both producers and markets.

ISO 14001

The ISO 14000 series of standards is a set of international standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which includes ISO 14001 which expresses how to establish an effective Environmental Management System (EMS).

The standard is designed to manage the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact. With the commitment of the entire organization, it allows achieving both objectives.

This means that it can identify aspects of the business that have an impact on the environment and understand the environmental laws that are significant for that situation. The next step is to generate improvement objectives and a management program to achieve them, with periodic reviews.

The ISO 14001 standard brings benefits to governments, developing countries, consumers, the general population and the planet.

CCPAE

The Catalan Council for Ecological Agrarian Production (CCPAE) is a public law corporation with its own legal personality. This body is supervised by the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Natural Environment of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

The CCPAE is the control authority of Catalonia and its function is to audit and certify the ecological agri-food products within the territory of this Autonomous Community. This certification is necessary to ensure that the ecological system and the production of food reach the consumer with maximum security. To this end, CCPAE exhaustively controls the operators through audits of the production and processing systems.

USDA ORGANIC

Organic Certification allows a farm or processing facility to sell, label, and represent their products as organic. The organic brand provides consumers with more choices in the marketplace. The USDA protects consumer options by protecting the organic seal.

Organic certification verifies that your farm or handling facility complies with the USDA organic regulations. Once you are certified, you can sell, label, and represent your products as organic. These regulations describe the specific standards required for you to use the word “organic” or the USDA organic seal in any authorized product. These regulations create entrepreneurial opportunities for producers and processors that want to capitalize on consumer growth in the organic sector.

Becoming certified organic helps producers and handlers: Receive premium prices for their products, access fast-growing local, regional, and international markets, support local economies, access additional funding and technical assistance and market products to consumers

Research shows that organic farming practices can: Improve water quality, conserve energy, increase biodiversity and contribute to soil health.

OCIA INTERNATIONAL

Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) International is one of the world's oldest, largest and most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry. A nonprofit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA provides the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets.

As one of the world’s leading organic certification agencies, OCIA International requires that its producers and processors strictly adhere to organic standards. These standards ensure that:

  • No chemicals or non-natural fertilizers have been applied to fields, pastures, orchards, or vineyards for three years prior to harvest.

  • Operations have been annually inspected by an independent inspector and are subject to unannounced verification inspections at any time.

  • Detailed records of each operation’s practices and processes have been kept and submitted to OCIA International for an annual certification review.

  • OCIA International is independently accredited to a number of industries and government bodies in the United States and internationally.