Volcafe Way is an impact program, not a certification. Certifications seek to enforce a set of standards, and their audits are a type of snapshot, showing compliance. Impact programs, by contrast, survey a situation, include a commitment from all involved, install programs designed to yield improvements over time — and then begin measuring.
So for impact programs, snapshots audits are inadequate. Instead, verification is measured through a series of audits that aim to create awareness, promote understanding, strengthen accountability and support the key stakeholders in bringing about change. We worked with FLOCERT, an independent verification company, to develop our monitoring and evaluation protocol, as well as our verification architecture. FLOCERT also documented our team training methodology, reviewed our recommended agro-economic practices and reviewed and finalized our social and environmental standards.
Roasters who purchase Volcafe Way coffees may choose to have our practices, standards and impacts independently verified by an agency that has been trained in our methodology. Volcafe will happily supply all relevant documentation and references to serious parties.
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