About the Seal
EcoSocial is a fair trade program created by IBD and applicable exclusively to products
and processes certified as organic.
The EcoSocial certification applies to companies, properties, and producer groups
that envision the development of an internal process of human, social and environmental
development stimulated by commercial relationships that are based on the principles
of Fair Trade. Based on an initial diagnostic that characterizes the socioenvironmental
reality of the organization, a Management Committee, composed of stakeholders identifies
and prioritizes the main environmental and social demands that interfere negatively
in this reality. An action plan is developed based on this initial diagnostic, which
intends to provide for continual improvement in the social and environmental framework
(Working Conditions, Quality of Life, and Environmental Recovery).
Projects that are in the process of certification are audited for the following
- Critical: related to some of the international conventions and agreements;
- Minimal: related to domestic legislation;
- Progress: related to the stimulation of local development
- In addition to those items already provided for by national Law.
To be certified EcoSocial means stimulating local socioenvironmental development
and practicing fair trade.
Recently IBD and QAI (Quality Assurance International) in the USA have issued a white paper on Ecosocial Certification.
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QAI - IBD EcoSocial Cooperation
The EcoSocial standard has as its theoretical basis the OIT Conventions, diverse
international protocols such as Agenda 21, the Global Pact Program and Millennium
Goals, as well as standards such as SA 8000, ISO 14.000 and BS 8800. IBD is certified
under international rules for standardization within ISO 65, guaranteeing quality
throughout the entire certification process.
Given this, the IBD EcoSocial certificate guarantees that the certified operation
is engaged in processes aimed at sustainable development, attending to the demands
of attentive and aware consumers, which are more and more numerous throughout the
world today. It was through the EcoSocial program that IBD ended its exclusive work
in Brazil, and began certifying in nine countries worldwide as to date.
Standards and Legislation
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