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Auditors provide a type of certification of corporate financial statements. Certification is used in many other aspects of business as well. For example, it plays a critical role in the sustainability movement. The February 7, 2012, issue of the New York Times contained an article by S. Amanda Caudill entitled “Better Lives in Better Coffee,” which discusses the role of certification in the coffee business.
Address: http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/better-lives-in-better-coffee/

Instructions
Read the article and answer the following questions.
(a) The article mentions three different certification types that coffee growers can obtain from three different certification bodies. Using financial reporting as an example, what potential problems might the existence of multiple certification types present to coffee purchasers?
(b) According to the author, which certification is most common among coffee growers? What are the possible reasons for this?
(c) What social and environmental benefits are coffee certifications trying to achieve? Are there also potential financial benefits to the parties involved?



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