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Sustainability in the food industry: Which certificate for what?

Posted by Bertrand Duteil on 27/07/2017

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Sustainability, from the latin “sustinere” meaning “to hold up”, is traditionally made of three pillars: environmental sustainability, social sustainability and economic sustainability. To achieve “sustainable development”, as defined by the Brundtland commission in 1987 - the “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”, the environmental sustainability must become a primary focus. The food industry is no exception, and must also do its best to limit its impact on nature to become more sustainable.

Today, we will review five sustainability certificates which can help you make your products more sustainable.

RSPO Certificate for palm oil

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Standard (RSPO Standard) was created in 2004 by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Developed around eight principles, there are four different standard levels to best fit to the needs of every company producing and using palm oil. The certificate is valid for five years and renewable after a recertification audit.
Learn more about the RSPO certificate


EU Organic Label for organic products

The EU Organic Label  was created in 2000 and defines standards for all organic products produced in the European Union. The goal of this standard is to promote organic products with minimum environmental impact by forbidding GMOs or imposing strong limitations on the use of antibiotics on animals. The label is open to every EU company producing organic products and is valid for one year, renewable after a control audit.
Learn more about the EU organic label


ASC Certificate for aquaculture products

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) was founded by the WWF and promotes a certificate focusing on sustainable aquaculture. Each standard developed by the council is tailored to a specific fish specie. The ASC Certificate is open to all fish farms, regardless of their size or location.
Learn more about the ASC certificate


MSC Certificate for wild fishery products

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) was also founded by the WWF and is relatively similar to the ASC Certificate by being its wild fishery equivalent. To make wild fishery sustainable, the standard focuses on three criteria: fish population, protection of the seas ecosystems and efficient management. The certificate is valid for five years and generally directed to companies  processing fish products along the supply chain.
Learn more about the MSC certificate


Fairtrade Label for coffee, cocoa and tea

The Fairtrade label was founded by the Fairtrade International in 1997. There are several labels that  individually cover different sectors including agricultural cooperatives, plantations, products or climates. Each of these labels is based on the following core requirements: sustainable cultivation, gender equality, fight against child labor, improvement of worker rights and conditions, and stabilization of prices for small farmers.
Learn more about the Fairtrade label


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