Union Varsan de Monteverde is the first coffee producer to obtain the Friend of the Earth certification. In 2015, we underwent a thorough third party assessment audit and were found compliant with Friend of the Earth criteria for sustainable agriculture. Friend of the Earth is a non-profit project for the certification of products from sustainable agriculture and farming. Coming from the positive experience of the Friend of the Sea certification for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, Friend of the Earth is rapidly growing as the leading international label for sustainable agriculture production. Friend of the Earth certification requirements are based on FAO’s SAFA guidelines for sustainable agriculture and farming. Certified production sites cannot be developed on critical habitats and producers must have a social and environmental management system in place, be compliant with national environmental laws, conserve existing ecosystems and reduce their impacts to a sustainable level. (Source: www.friendoftheearth.org)
The Bandera Azul Ecológica certification is awarded annually, recognizing conservation and development work that protects natural resources, implements strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change, seeks more sanitary conditions and improves public health for Costa Ricans. (Source: www.banderaazulecologica.org) In 2015, the Life Monteverde farm received four stars under the agriculture category of the Bandera Azul Ecológica certification.
In 2015, Café de Monteverde joined a group of 40 coffee micro-mills as part of the NAMA initiative. Costa Rica’s NAMA Support Project Low Carbon Coffee is a sector specific approach aiming for a climate-friendly transformation of the entire value chain of one of the most important economic sectors in the country. The NAMA Support Project offers technical and policy advice to change production and processing practices in the sector, which is the source of 10% of the countrys greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: www.nama-facility.org)