The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods by promoting and evaluating the implementation of the most globally respected sustainability standards in farming, forestry and tourism. Independent certification bodies audit agriculture operations to provide transparent validation and certification services based on the standard developed by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). The SAN is a coalition of grassroots groups that promote productive agricultural systems, biodiversity conservation and human development. These standards are designed to generate ecological , social and economic benefits.
Tea Estates seeking Rainforest Alliance certification are regularly audited by an international certification body accredited by the SAN. These visits, along with occasional surprise audits, ensure that Estates are complying with the SAN’s comprehensive guidelines and are working toward continual improvement. Estates that have earned Rainforest Alliance certification are taking steps to: