For more than 20 years, Rainforest Alliance has worked to protect biodiversity, worker’s rights and wellbeing and local communities. As an international organization, it works together with farmers, foresters and tourism professionals throughout the world, developing practices that protect water, soil, wildlife habitats and forest ecosystems.
The fields and woods that meet the strict Rainforest Alliance standards qualify for its certification, which is widely recognized among companies and consumers in America, Asia and Europe.
The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is not a quality management system as such. It rather sets guidelines and principles to prevent the pollution of products.
Manipulation of foods, either fresh or processed, is usually guided by these guidelines in order to guarantee their harmlessness. From its beginning, this system has received wide acceptance from international organizations related to the food industry, from production to commercialization. It has become universally accepted.
The core idea of harmlessness is that the food will not damage the consumer’s health. Therefore, HACCP is a complement to other food-related efforts, such as beneficial contributions to the health and wellbeing of people. It is one of the tools for a satisfactory quality of life.
Is an internationally acknowledged group of norms about good practices in farming, cattle raising and aquaculture. To hold this certification is to demonstrate the observance of this highly strict standard.
For consumers and distributors, the Global Gap certification is a guarantee that the products comply with high levels of quality and safety, and that they have been produced respecting viability, safety, hygiene and wellbeing of workers and the environment, and with respect for animals. Without this certification farming products may encounter problems when trying to enter some markets.
Global Gap has become a mandatory certification, since most European distributors demand it as a proof of good practices in the food and agriculture market. Fruit and vegetable, stockbreeding and fish farming companies must hold this certification in order for their distributors to sell their products.
The principles of respect for the integrity of the person and the company have been the fundamental basis of Wal-Martsi business. These principles apply to every area of the company, including its suppliers. This means Wal-Mart and its providers must operate in a way that is socially and environmentally responsible anywhere they do business.
Wal-Mart constantly challenges its providers to commit to high standards of responsibility, solid requisites in audits and thorough evaluations. Its goal is for the whole supply chain to operate with responsible practices.
Suppliers comply with these regulations by respecting worker’s rights and creating a sustainable and ethic supply chain.
Sedex is a non-profit organization dedicated to encourage improvements in corporate practices related to ethics and responsibility of supply chains throughout the world.
As the biggest collaboration platform to share data about ethics of supply chains, Sedex is an innovative and efficient tool when managing these chains, and helps minimize risks, protect company reputation and improve practices.
Sedex has set two main goals:
Its main product is an online database, which allows members to save, share and create reports in 4 areas:
The “Tesco Nature’s Choice” certification is a requirement for companies that supply Tesco with fresh fruits and vegetables. It guaranties the best practices in farming.
Since 1992, it has demanded that produce providers comply to their scheme, which sets high standards of safety, quality and environmental care.
Nature’s Choice has seven key points:
The Mutual Insurance Association of the Chilean Chamber of Building manages a mandatory insurance for labor accidents and professional diseases. It has comprehensive risk prevention programs that make it possible to protect physical integrity and health of workers from their affiliate companies, providing them and their families with a better quality of life.
This Mutual Association works with a wide network of private health centers throughout our country, which offer complete medical care from rescue to medical assistance and patient recovery, including surgery, hospitalization, medicines and rehabilitation, should it be necessary. All of the above with no limitations or cost for the worker or his employer.