The Institute for Market ecology (IMO)

IMO logoInternationally the Institute for Market ecology (IMO), has been a market leader in the Organic movement, and has now ventured into the Fair Trade and social standard side of the system. IMO now works to set standards and certify both domestically and internationally. IMO is based in Switzerland, has roots in the Organic movement, is an internationally recognized organic certifier in the EU, and in recent years has begun to develop social and Fair Trade standards to complement their Organic certification systems and standards.

IMO’s “For Life”  program confirms that workers enjoy good working conditions and that producer groups have well-working, accountable internal structures. The program builds on widely-acknowledged baseline standards such as the Conventions of ILOSA 8000 and the criteria of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements).    

The “Fair for Life” program includes all social standards, but focuses additionally on trade relations. "Fair Trade" means long-term and trufair for lifestful cooperation between partners, transparent price setting, open negotiations and prices that allow for social development of the concerned communities.

The Fair Labour Association:

FLAFounded in 1999 by several leading footwear and apparel companies, the Fair Labour Association (FLA) joined human rights groups, consumer groups, university officials and others to work together to improve labor conditions for workers in US and international factories.

The FLA places the onus on companies to voluntarily meet internationally recognized labour standards wherever their products are made. Additionally, the FLA works to protect worker´s rights, set standards, monitor and report and support compliance.

 The FLA offers:

  • A collaborative approach allowing civil society organizations, universities and socially responsible companies to sit at the same table and find effective solutions to labour issues
  • Innovative and sustainable strategies and resources to help companies improve compliance systems
  • Transparent and independent assessments, the results of which are published online
  • A mechanism to address the most serious labour rights violations: a Third Party Complaint process