Ecocert (French Platform for Fair Trade) member since October

Ecocert is a certification body, recognizedby Government authorities for Agriculture and food products certification inaccordance with the norm ISO Guide 65. Its inspector’s practical experience,the strictness of its certification system, its technical team’s ability todesign specific tools enables Ecocert to offer an efficient and professionalservice.

  It can enable one to access to:European market by certifying one’s productsaccording to the European Regulations 834/2007 and 889/2008.Japanese market by getting one’s productscertified in accordance with the JAS Standard.North American market by getting one’s productscertified in accordance with NOP Standard.Since its creation, in 1991,Ecocert team has proved its commitment to environment protection. Its expertshave drawn up extremely rigorous public and private Standards:OrganicCosmeticsOrganicTextilesNaturalcleaning products & home perfumesFairTradeEcologicalGreen SpacesInputsSustainableDevelopment assessmentsThese Standards have been createdalong with professional representatives and customers.

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They give recognition tothe economic factors whose practices are more responsible and fair.Input AttestationEcocert grants the “Ecocertinput Attestation” after performing an inspection at the production site.Analysis of the finished products, agronomicvalue and doses, residual levels of pollutants and pathogenic agents,inspection of composts and organic matter.

Traceability and quality assurance within thecompanyCompliance of the raw materials for use inorganic farming.Types of Ecocert-grantedproducts:-Organicsoil conditionersCompostsOrganicand mineral fertilizersBasicmineral and conditioners Organic CosmeticsEcocert, along with scientists,consumers, industry leaders and government representatives, developed theStandards for Natural & Organic Cosmetics in 2002. It is legally registeredand its implementation is overseen by government authorities. This Standarddefines and promotes a higher level of quality for cosmetics, ensures the useof natural and organic ingredients for better respect of our environment.Fair TradeCreated in 2007 in collaborationwith a group of professionals, Ecocert Fair Trade Standard (EFT) proposes aglobal approach of Fair Trade, by implicating the entire sector.

It complieswith international faIr trade principles as defines by the FINE Declaration andthe AFNOR AC X50-340 agreements. Ecocert has been a PFCE (French Platform forFair Trade) member since October 2007. The EFT Standards are available tooperators who wish to enhance the value of their commitment in this field.The principle of EFT Standard is:-Involvement of all operators in the commoditychain and information transparencyTo guarantee the implementation of sustainablesectors by verifying their compliance with social, economic and environment criteriaat all stages from the producer to the consumer.To guarantee the consumer’s confidence bycontrolling the communication of exhaustive and detailed information.Equitable sharing of wealth with respect forhuman rights and environment.For producers, the price of raw materials isdetermined by sector according to each production context. Producers are at thecenter of the approach.

They are guaranteed fair pay enabling them to livesustainably from their work.The specifications provide for the establishmentof a partnership fund, the provision of technical and commercial support forproducers and impose strict good agriculture practices – organic certificationis mandatory for bananas, cotton and flowers.Food Quality & SafetyEcocert provides support tovalidate and promote efforts in terms of quality, traceability. Food safety orother differentiating criteria.

This enables one to access European marketsthrough international standards like IFS Food, BRC and GLOBALGAP for example.Within the Ecocert group, ECOPASS branch is dedicated to certifying themanagement systems:-For quality, in accordance with standard ISO9001, integrating the process approach and one’s indicators.For food safety, in accordance with standard ISO22000, focused on preventing and controlling risks in terms of consumer health.For the environment, in accordance with ISO14001 or the EMAS (Eco Management and Audit Scheme) European regulationFor health and safety in the workplace, in accordancewith standard OHSAS 18001.Strengthened by its experience,Ecocert helps the industry and individual companies alike to promote therequirements defined in their specifications criteria are significantlydifferent to current practices and can be rigorously assessed. In concreteterms, Ecocert draws up an appropriate inspector plan, then carries out theinspections, audits and analyses.

Depending on the conclusions of the auditreport, Ecocert may issue certificates of conformity.Natural Cleaning ProductsIn partnership with sectorprofessionals, in 2006, Ecocert developed a standard for natural cleaningproducts. The aim was to define a requirement level higher than French andEuropean legislation, to enhance the value of natural substances and guaranteethat producers implement environmentally friendly practices throughout theproduction line.

The basic principles of Ecocertspecifications are:To protect our planet and its resources by usingrenewable ingredients obtained using eco-friendly methods and by banning themajority of synthetic petrochemical based ingredients.To protect and inform the consumer: by clearlystating the origin and quantity of the ingredients used and presence ofallergens and by recommending environmental advice and precautions by use.To reduce unnecessary waste and discharges by askingmanufacturers to state clear doses by encouraging eco-friendly refills and bybanning the use of non-recyclable plastics.Organic TextilesThe organic textiles market iscontinuing to grow, les by the increasing awareness of consumers who are nowinformed of the risks conventional textiles pose to health and environment.

Although the conventional textile industry remains one of the most polluting inthe world, organic textile is not subjected to any government regulation. Certaincertification bodies have therefore, decided to develop their own standards.Faced with the mass of specification, Ecocert chose to get involved in aninternational approach to harmonize standards and adopt the GOTS (GlobalOrganic Textile Standard) for the inspection of organic textiles. The standardintegrates all of the textile processing stages, from the fiber to the finishedproduct: the raw fiber must be organic farming certified and all manufacturing processinvolved must be inspected. Ecocertrelies on 20 subsidiaries network operating throughout the world.