Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)SAMBAZON5 stars

Place, CountrySan Clemente, United States


Certified Productsaçaí / açaifair for life logo
Certification ProgrammeFair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification
New modules
ChapterContent of the Fair For Life - Social & Fair Trade ProgrammeMaximumRating
1Core Principles and Values1010
2Commitment to and Management of Fair Trade Policy87
3Respect of Human Rights and Decent Working Conditions198177
4Respect of the Environment6257
5Local Development and Community Relations86
6Trading and Supply chain relations7676
8Traceability, Transparency and Respect of the Consumer4442
9Managing Certification and Performance2525
Total Score New modules405
Certification for fair trade and responsible supply chains
Impact, special achievements & commitmentsSOCIAL IMPACT & SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Before Sambazon, Fair Trade guidelines for Açaí did not exist. Working closely together to develop these rigorous standards, Sambazon remains the first and only Açaí company to be both certified Fair Trade and Organic.
With hand-harvested Açaí, Sambazon guarantees it’s people and planet first. Every single seed they purchase and process has full transparency and traceability in addition to the guaranteed highest quality Açaí harvested on the planet. To date, Sambazon has protected over 2.2 million acres of Amazon Rainforest, working with over 30,000 local men and women farmers to harvest Açaí in a truly sustainable and regenerative manner.
Founded on a triple bottom line philosophy, Sambazon currently brings Açai to North America, Europe, Australia, Brazil, Japan, the UK, Korea, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia. As a vertically integrated company, Sambazon takes pride in minimizing their environmental impact wherever possible. One of the most innovative and powerful things they’ve done is to convert the furnaces of their alternative-energy fueled factories to burn the seeds of the Açaí fruit, their largest source of waste in production, instead of virgin Amazon wood. Sambazon also only uses water directly from the Amazon to clean their fruit, filtering it multiple times before returning it to the river. The waste removed from the water is used as a fertilizer for growing seedlings onsite at their factories before they’re donated to local farmers.
At their corporate offices in the United States, Sambazon is dedicated to Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Some of the things they have implemented to date are: a Green Team initiative designed to help transform their offices and company-wide practices. They have started an in-house recycling and compost program, Meatless Mondays, educational talks and documentary screenings, Earth Day Acts of Green, the use of reusable plates and utensils, a volunteer program, and a monthly newsletter with tips about sustainability.
Sambazon reinvests 5% of all Açai fruit sales back into the local Brazilian communities in which they work. Believing that the community should tell them what they need, not the other way around, Sambazon works closely with the people and local NGO’s to provide food, shelter and medical care. To date, Sambazon’s funds have built or refurbished seven schools, a hospital, multiple community centers, provided water filters, and improved the health conditions of over 2,800 students, 1,300 children, and 2,000 families.
Knowing that true sustainability is about investing in the future, Sambazon is dedicated to the continued education and innovation of their farmers and practices. By funding local education programs that also give farmers Açai palms to plant, Sambazon provides them with not only the means but the knowledge it takes to practice sustainable agriculture.

Reached percentage of the applicable Total Norm Points for the overall performance
Percentage104 %

Date of Certification
Last Update06.02.2018

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