Code of Ethics
We advocate the harmonious development of organic farming
Having the following objectives
The quality of the products
Of course this quality meets the specifications of organic farming which we certify, but we advocate as well the nutritional, bacteriological, gustatory and commercial quality of the products issued from organic farming.
The quality of the environment
Organic farming is a form of farming which implies respect and even improvement of our environment. This is taken into account both for the evolution of the specifications as for the certification.
Social progress of the producers and transformers thanks to the development of fair trade relations
Even if this type of criterion is not often mentioned in the specifications, we advocate social-minded organic farming with respect for all actors of this network and their fair remuneration.
Network between the members of the association
We commit ourselves to an active participation in the CertiBioNet network, the aims of which are :
Sharing the technical knowledge.
The technical knowledge of the various members should be shared by all : this type of sharing will allow us to progress faster.
Supporting the development of every member
Emphasis is put on supporting the least experienced members.
Relations with the staff and internal working
We are convinced that our staff, their abilities and their motivation are the best basis for our organizations.
We advocate that internal working of our organizations should be based on :
We advocate a participating working which makes the staff aware of their responsabilities and allows them to participate in the development and improvement of our structures.
Continuous training should be a permanent concern in order to increase the efficiency as well as to promote the evolution of the abilities and the staff's personal development.
Taking the staff's personal development into account
We are determined to apply the values we advocate for organic farming to our own organizations : quality for our staff as well.
This is why we advocate the personal development of our staff by offering them jobs and responsibilities corresponding to their abilities and capacities, a pleasant working atmosphere, convenient working hours.
The relations with the operators controlled by us are based on :
Integrity and independence
No concessions are made as far as the integrity of the persons in charge and the staff of the inspection and certification bodies is concerned.
The inspection and certification bodies as well as the persons in charge and the staff have to be completely independent towards the operators in the organic sector.
Quality and profesionalism
As the certification of products isssued of organic farming constitutes the guarantee for the consumers, the credibility of the work of the inspection and certification bodies is essential for the further development of the sector.
Therefore the quality and professionalism of our work has to be faultless.
The right price
The inspection and certification bodies should be sufficienty paid in order to develop and improve their inspection and certification systems, but they may not take advantage of their oligopole position to ask excessive prices. We therefore advocate the negotiation of our prices with the various sectors in order to meet these two objectives.
Information and transparency
Even if the inspection and certification bodies have to keep the operator's files confidential, information about our inspection and certification systems and transparency of our decision-making methods as well as the public-making of certification decisions remain our objectives.
Regarding our suppliers,
- We give preference to suppliers and products sharing our ethical values.
- We look more particularly for suppliers who share our ethical values regarding sustainable and harmonious development of the environment, social equity and common well-being.
Regarding the institutions we wish :
- To be partners for a well-balanced development of the organic farming in the frame of a sustainable development.
- To be active partners for the evolution and improvement of the production and transforming norms and the inspection and certification systems.
- To participate in the training and popularizing systems.
- To participate in programs giving rise to the autonomy of local inspection and certification systems.