MultiTrace User Guidance for Cocoa Traceability

9. Traceability Levels

The Traceability level in MultiTrace describes the product’s origin information, the Rainforest Alliance offers the following program/traceability levels:

Identity Preserved (IP): The identity of a certified farm/group is maintained along the supply chain. The product can be traced all the way back to the producing farm/group that it originates from.
A variation of the IP traceability level is Mixed Identity Preserved (MixIP). Under this level, the product from multiple farms/groups is mixed, but can be traced back to this group of farms/groups. Requirements which apply to the IP traceability level also apply to MixIP.

Segregated (SG): Rainforest Alliance certified product from different farms/groups is mixed. The product is guaranteed to be produced by Rainforest Alliance certified farms/groups, however the identity of the specific producing farm is lost.

Mass Balance (MB): Administrative traceability of a certified product. Mass balance traceability allows a proportion of the outputs of a supply chain actor to be sold with a Rainforest Alliance certified Mass Balance claim, corresponding to the quantity of Rainforest Alliance certified inputs (and considering the conversion rates). MB is the lowest program level.

Please note that only program levels that you are certified/licensed for will be available in your account in the traceability system. 

Please contact Rainforest Alliance if you want to learn more about the programs’ rules at: