LATEST UPDATE: 11.04.2016
I didn’t get an official response from Rainforest Alliance.
I did get an answer from Lidl Belgium though.
Dear Mr. Schepers,
We can guarantee you that the certificate of our Rainforest Alliance bananas is still valid.
The re-audit will take place on the already scheduled date.
Lidl Customer Service
The documentary “Le business du commerce équitable / Der faire Handel auf dem Prüfstand” by Donatien Lemaître, featured on the French and German ARTEplus7 on August 6, 2013 (rebroadcast July 15 2014), posed a number of questions regarding the benefits of Rainforest Alliance certification.
This was the official response of Rainforest Alliance to the documentary. It’s no longer online. Which is a pity, because it gives an insight into how farm audits are done by Rainforest Alliance. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Watch the broadcast of ARTEPLUS7 “Le Business du commerce équitable”.
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START OF ORIGINAL BLOG
Retailers move to “sustainable sourcing” of their bananas through the use of certification. Rainforest Alliance – a scheme that started life as a set of purely environmental standards – gives cause for concern, when it comes to securing compliance with labour standards for plantation workers, as I summarised here.
Luc Hellebuyck, International Agri-Business Consultant for Sohe Cvba and ex manager Bananic International nv, did some remarkable tweets yesterday.
To be continued.
I asked Lidl Belgium about all this, but their answers are most confusing. They claim to control their supply chains themselves. That’s hard to believe, but then…
I also did send a tweet to @SAN_Standards / RAS and got the first ‘answers‘:
1/ On whether Lidl’s Rainforest Alliance bananas are backed by audits:
2/ On allegations “Rainforest Alliance certification to benefit retailers, not workers“:
Replies by connaisseur Luc Hellebuyck: