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Profile of registrant

UTZ Certified

Identification number in the register: 60554685648-73
Registration date: 13/04/11 16:32:20

The information on this organisation was last modified on 14/04/14 11:44:09
The date of the last annual update was 14/04/14 11:40:56

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: UTZ Certified
Legal status: Foundation
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Han De Groot
Position: Executive Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Sabine Bierema
Position: Public Affairs

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 6 bg De Ruyterkade 
Amsterdam 1013 AA
Telephone number: (+31) 205308000
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: UTZ Certified is one of the largest sustainability programs for coffee, cocoa and tea in the world: one-third of all coffee that is sustainably traded worldwide is certified by UTZ. By working with mainstream companies which buy raw materials in large volumes, we can improve the standard of living of as many farmers as possible at a high pace.

UTZ Certified is convinced that increasing sustainability should also reinforce the independent position of farmers. This is why farmers are trained in the professionalization of their agricultural practice and operational management. This improves the quality of their products and allows them to produce higher volumes at lower costs. This in turn enables the farmers to negotiate a better price for a better product and to improve their standard of living. Moreover, farmers who work with UTZ CERTIFIED in the global marketplace receive a premium for their crop and they don’t have to pay for taking part in the program.

By working with a strict Code of Conduct, UTZ Certified sets stringent requirements for the farmers when it comes to the sustainable growing of coffee, cocoa and tea. Farmers are trained in the area of business skills, labor conditions and environmental management and their operational management is checked by independent third parties. The UTZ Certified tracking system subsequently insures that the raw materials have actually been grown and harvested in a responsible manner.

We want to achieve sustainable agricultural supply chains, where:
– Farmers are professionals implementing good practices;
– The food industry takes responsibility by demanding and rewarding sustainable production;
– Consumers can trust their brands and buy products which meet their expectations

UTZ Certified’s field support, traceability system and certification enables markets to reward good practices.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Sustainable agricultural supply chains

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Development
  • Environment
  • Food Safety
  • Trade


Total number of members that are natural persons: 80
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

UTZ Certified is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance, an international non-profit membership organisation that codifies best practices for the design and implementation of international, voluntary social and environmental standards systems.
UTZ Certified is furthermore a member of Partos, the national platform for Dutch civil society organisations in the international development cooperation sector.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 9,480,000
of which public financing: 150,000
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources: 150,000
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 9,330,000
- donations: 500,333
- contributions from members: 0
Fee income (self generated) : 7,644,000
Contribution Cocoa Private Sector : 447,000
Nationale Postcode Loterij : 500,000
Hivos : 16,667
Ford Foundation : 222,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

For the UTZ Certified Annual Reports please see:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.