Organic production methods combine the best environmental practices to contribute to greater biodiversity and the preservation of natural resources. This prodution method uses natural substances and processes, thereby contributing to the production of environmentally friendly goods. One of the main concerns of organic farmers is respect for nature's systems and cycles: to assure the health of soils, water, fauna and flora, to contribute to a high level of biodiversity and to use energy and natural resources responsibly (water, soil, organic matter and air are crucial).
UTZ means "good" in Quiché, a Mayan language, and products with this certification guarantee compliance with the social and environmental quality standards in coffee production expected by brands and consumers. The UTZ chain of custody standard defines the criteria and controls to ensure the traceability of UTZ-certified goods, thereby establishing the credibility of the sustainability and use of the UTZ brand trademark.
The National Federation of Colombian Coffee (FNC) is over 85 years old and strives continuously to improve the living conditions of Colombian farmers and their families and to develop Colombian coffee plantations. This work has consolidated the FNC as an organisation which promotes social, productive, environmental and educational development and the development of basic infrastructure in the coffee-growing regions. The actions and programmes developed have brought the FNC national and international recognition as a leading efficient and transparent organisation. Over the years, its sustainability programmes have involved not just coffee producers and their communities, but also customers via alliances, various members of the Colombian government at the national, regional and local level and various bodies for international cooperation. Thanks to its management capacity in the country's rural areas, the FNC interlinks efforts and designs and creates innovative programmes that meet the needs of farmers and ensure sustainability.
Product certification is a form of approval granted by a certifying body. It is based on a decision stemming from an evaluation that attests to the fact that a product complies with the specifed requirements.
Various certification systems can be used to certify a product, as defined by ISO/IEC. CERTIF carries out product certification according to any of the various certification systems defined. Certification with the awarding of conformity marking is only granted based on system 5.Advantages
Product certification is a tool which allows manufacturers to demonstrate the quality, reliability and performance of their products impartially and with credibility insofar as it:
- enhances customer trust
- distances it from rival products
- increases competitiveness by cutting non-quality costs
- boosts the company's image
- facilitates access to new markets
- shows that regulatory requirements are being complied with