At the Rainforest Alliance, we are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal. To advance our mission, we focus on amplifying our impact on the ground through systemic transformation: change across the entire supply chain, change in the relationship between people and nature, and change within our own organization. We achieve this transformation by working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to create a stronger Alliance. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways. We embrace transparency because we believe that the best way to build trust across our alliance is through openness about our tactics, our impact, and partners on the ground. Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

Position summary:

The Legal Counsel, under the supervision of General Counsel, will work on a broad range of legal matters. The Legal Counsel will give legal advice to management about all relevant issues.



  • Effectively ensure legal conformity and minimize probability of exposure; and 
  • Advise supervisory board, affiliated entity boards, and departments/staff, solicited and unsolicited, in all legal areas including (international) employment law, contract law, corporate law, civil law, intellectual property, disputes and international human rights law.


  • Responsible for advising the HR department on labour and employment law issues including Works Council matters;
  • Responsible for advising the regional offices with corporate law and international labour law matters;
  • Responsible for corporate affairs, including compliance and training;
  • Responsible for contract law matters;
  • Assesses and prepares contracts with customers, suppliers, partners, etc.;
  • Collaborates and coordinates with external legal advisors/specialists;
  • Supervises disputes;
  • Provides support to the Standards & Assurance team; and
  • Assists in global management of trademark and other intellectual property portfolio including disputes, registrations and licensing.


  • Deliver business legal services;
  • Keep knowledge up to date through training and technical information by own initiative; and
  • Attend relevant meetings, projects meetings, events and conferences, etc.


  • Minimum 6 years of legal experience (either in a law firm or in house) preferably with international experience;
  • Master’s degree in Dutch law;
  • An affinity towards sustainable and corporate social responsibility;
  • Experience with Dutch employment law, including Works Councils matters;
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written in Dutch and English; and
  • Excellent intercultural skills.


Commensurate with experience.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as soon as received and continue on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is selected.


Only candidates authorized to work in the Netherlands will be considered.

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

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