There’s a bunch of certification marks that make it easy to ensure that your shopping supports ethically sourced product, humane farming, organic or biodynamic produce and products, and healthy options for your family.
BioGro The BioGro stamp is the mark of New Zealand’s organic-focused certification body. In existence since 1983, BioGro certified producers and service providers must undergo a rigorous certification process to prove their organic status/ authenticityBioGro and its registered trademark are owned by the not-forprofit entity the New Zealand Biological Producers and Consumers Society (NZBPCS). BioGro recently launched a new organic standard specifically for organic retailers – a first for New Zealand. The standard has been designed to help guarantee the integrity of organic products through the chain of custody from the producer to the consumer. A big focus of the standard is labelling because there is no regulation in New Zealand controlling the labelling of organics, unlike most other countries in the developed world including North America and EU. The lack of regulations means some NZ retailers sell uncertified products as organic. BioGro’s standard requires that organic goods be clearly labelled and must not misrepresent their origin or organic certification status. Organic products must be labelled consistently, and clearly differentiate between certified organic, uncertified, and non-organic products. This impacts on packaged goods, bulk bins and any food prepared or repackaged instore. AsureQuality AsureQuality is owned by the New Zealand government and provides food safety and biosecurity accreditation. This includes supplying auditing, testing, inspection and certification services to organic producers, processors and retailers in the dairy, meat, seafood, horticulture, wine and arable sectors.
www.organiccertification.co.nz CEMARS is the first two steps of carboNZero certification. CEMARS certified organisations have measured their organisations greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in compliance with ISO 14064–1 and made a commitment to managing and reducing their emissions by creating an emissions management and reduction plan. carbonzero.co.nz CarboNZero carboNZero certified organisations have measured their organisation’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions so they understand what their impact is on the global climate. They then make a commitment to managing and reducing their GHG emissions by creating an emissions management and reduction plan. Any remaining emissions that the organisation cannot avoid are then offset by purchasing verified carbon credits.
carbonzero.co.nz Demeter is a worldwide biodynamic certification scheme supported by the Biodynamic Farming and Agriculture Association of New Zealand. The objects of the Association are to maintain the biodynamic approach to agriculture, horticulture, forestry and animal husbandry initiated by Rudolf Steiner in 1924.
Fairtrade Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives. It has an independent third party certification system. Currently, more than 6 million people around the world benefit from the Fairtrade system.
fairtrade.org.nz Heart Foundation Tick The Heart Foundation Tick is to help people make healthier food choices when they are shopping. Over 1000 products sport the Tick, across a wide range of food categories. The Tick symbol on a product means that it has been proven to meet the Tick’s nutrition criteria, is a healthier choice within its food category and should be consumed in the recommended serving size, and as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
pickthetick.org.nz SPCA Blue Tick The Royal New Zealand SPCA Blue Tick accreditation ensures that welfare standards for animals have been met. Look out for it on animal products such as eggs and pork. All farms are audited by the SPCA before the tick is awarded.
rnzspca.org.nz/bluetick Sustainable Winegrowing Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) was established in 1995 as an industry initiative directed through New Zealand Winegrowers and was commercially introduced in 1997 and adopted by growers from all grape growing regions. Winery standards were introduced in 2002 to further substantiate the industry commitment to sustainable production.