Publication date: 02/03/2014
Thank you for contacting us regarding your concern for the wildlife protection clauses contained in our Sustainable Agriculture Network Standard. The current standard, all Rainforest Alliance Certified farms™ have to comply with, was published in July 2010.
Wildlife protection has always been an important part of the SAN Standards. As you may be aware, the current SAN Sustainable Agriculture Standard already includes strong requirements for wildlife protection on farms, and audits to this standard are one of the best ways to ensure wild animals are not being harmed nor their habitat damaged.
We are currently in the process of revising SAN’s standards. We aim to have a standard that is robust and reflects the most up-to-date scientific and technical thinking. It is built through a collaborative process, to help ensure the voices of a range of stakeholders across the world are included. The 2nd round of this global consultation is testing the feedback and outputs of the 1st round.
The petition you have signed can form part of our further considerations as to the final version of the standard. However, we encourage you to take part in the consultation formally through our official stakeholder outreach channels. You can register and post your comments online here. The 2nd round consultation is open to comments until March 11th and your inputs will be welcome.
The final version of our standard will be complete later this year and it will then be presented for approval to the board of the Sustainable Agriculture Network, which is made up of non-profit organisations in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.
We welcome your contributions to help the SAN ensure farmers are protecting wildlife.