Tropical Fruit Environmental Policy Question 1
Does the brand purchase its tropical fruit from environmentally certified sources that include standards on eg water usage during processing, banning or reducing of chemicals and pesticides, preserving biodiversity and stopping deforestation?
Dutch Question: Koopt het merk (bedrijf) tropisch fruit in afkomstig van duurzaam gecertificeerde plantages en bevat dit certificaat standaarden op het gebied van waterverbruik, het verbieden of verminderen van chemicaliën en pesticiden, het behoud van biodiversiteit en het tegengaan van ontbossing?
German Question: Verarbeitet der Markenhersteller umweltzertifizierte Tropenfrüchte?
Regarding sustainability the United Nations indicates various 'priority issues' (such as deforestation and the use of pesticides and chemicals) in the Tropical fruit Sector, especially in the Banana industry and in the Pineapple Industry.
Where Fair Trade has commonly been considered as the highest standard, rural development experts and scientists criticize the Fair Trade movement and advocate for the other standards like UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, USDA organic, EU organic and Naturland.
After consulting experts from the Tropical Commodities Coalition, we have concluded that we may assume that all the active certification systems have their specific benefits for the environment and farmers, and it has clearly not been proven that one system benefits tropical fruit farmers more than others systems. Additionally, all standards embody a public promise of more sustainable production, and can publicly be held accountable for this.
Answer ‘yes’: The [brand/company] purchases its [bananas and/or pineapples] from an environmentally certified source, namely: [Fairtrade, Naturland, Rainforest Alliance, USDA organic or EU organic] OR The [brand/company] does not purchase its [bananas and/or pineapples] from an independent environmental certification standard, but carries out its own program which is equally as good, namely [insert name tropical fruit program].
Answer ‘no’: The [brand/company] states not to purchase any [bananas and/or pineapples] from environmentally certified sources.
Answer ‘?’: The [brand/company] does not specify whether its [bananas and/or pineapples] come from environmentally certified sources on its website. OR The [brand/company] claims to purchase [bananas and/or pineapples] from environmentally certified sources but does not specify the source or certification standard.