Evaluation of UTZ in the Indonesian Cocoa Sector

Experiencing unprecedented growth in certified products, voluntary sustainability standard systems
(VSS) are increasingly challenged to prove the impacts of their work. UTZ is a member of the ISEAL Alliance and committed to implement the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice including the ISEAL Impacts Code. The assessment of impacts is based on the theory of change (intervention logic) of UTZ which outlines how UTZ’s requirements and sector level strategies intend to bring about change and make sustainable farming the norm in targeted sectors. To evaluate whether the theory of change is being realized and improve operational strategies, UTZ needs to provide evidence-based information on impacts as depicted in the theory of change. Impact assessments are a tool to assess (short and medium term) outcomes and longer term impacts, the changes that occur during the implementation of the ‘project’ and possibly also to assess attribution claims. In addition, impact assessments promote learning by identifying constraints to realize more impact and recommendations to overcome these constraints.

This evaluation focuses on the Indonesian cocoa sector and reflects this dual purpose of proving and improving. On the one hand, it sets out to prove to what extent UTZ made a difference at farm level and sector level. On the other hand, it to creates a deeper understanding why UTZ did or did not make a difference and how UTZ can improve its impact in the future Indonesian cocoa sector.
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