Archive 2011

IMO will be present at BioFach 2012

Like every year IMO will be present at BioFach in Nuremberg (Germany) from the 2012/02/15.-18. All clients, partners and guests are invited to meet our team and have a cup of coffee or tea with us!
You will find us again at Hall1, booth 1-101. You are welcome to make an appointment at More over we participate in the BioFach Congress and invite you kindly to discuss with us. Please have a look at the program: IMO_at_biofach_congress_2012.pdf.
More information about the BioFach 2012...

First Aquaculture Stewardship Council products

In January the first products of Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), an independent not for profit organisation, will reach the market. The ASC was founded in 2009 by WWF and IDH (Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative) to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture.The ASC will be the world's leading certification and labelling programme for responsibly farmed seafood.
Register your interest with IMO now to ensure that you stay up to date on the most recent developments in the ASC program. For more information...


12 000 km for the environment

IMO staff members in Switzerland cycled about 12 000 km for the environment this summer.
Instead of public transport or private cars they took their bicycle for travel to work. Some of them cycled around 60 km per day. This action was part of the program “cycle to work” and aims to reduce the environmental pollution.

Centre of Expertise for Organic Products in cooperation with IMO

During ANUGA (Koeln, Germany) experts from the organic sector meet for interesting discussions. Ten sessions informed about basics and trends in the organic sector. The event was organized by the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), Koelnmesse GmbH and bioPress in cooperation with IMO.
Your are invited to download some live recordings of this event (in German) at the biopress website and interviews with Dr. Peter Schaumberger (CEO IMO) about certification in general and about China.


Hans Ueli Eisenhut passed away peacefully

On the 19th June 2011 Hans Ueli Eisenhut passed away peacefully. Since the establishment of the Swiss Biostiftung (Organic Foundation), he was a member of the foundation council; in this role he actively took part in the formation of the Institute for Marketecology (IMO), a department of the Biostiftung.
Hans Ueli Eisenhut put his heart and soul into the organic movement and with his passion he contributed to its success and the flourishing of many other initiatives. As the business leader of Vanadis AG (now Biopartner) he played a leading role in making the expansion of the organic trading company possible. As a board member of the Demeter Alliance and in their trade mark protection commission, as the president of the Konsumenten Verband, as an active member of the Biostiftung, as the initiator of Biocreda (funding for the organic specialized trade) and through a row of other ommitments he learnt to support and participate in a mediating, objective and competent way. In the anthroposophy he gained his strength and enriched his work with its spiritual content.
He was a great person and his death leaves a great gap which will hardly be filled.


Annual Report 2010 published

In 2010 400 IMO experts from around the globe performed inspections in about 90 countries. IMO now offers certification and/or inspection according to 70 different ecological and social standards. The upward trend was especially pronounced in the areas of Aquaculture & Fisheries, Forest & Timber and Social Responsibility & Fair Trade. However in 2010 the IMO Group also faced major challenges. On the 10th of June 2010, Dr. Rainer Bächi, founder and director of IMO, died in a tragic car accident while on a business trip in Georgia. It was due to the outstanding discipline and dedication of the IMO staff and the way in which Rainer Bächi had approached his work that the operational processes could be continued without major difficulties. The positive outcome is illustrated by constant growth, introduction of new services and exceptional innovations in almost all of our business sectors in 2010.
You are invited to find out more about our newest developments in this booklet. Download PDF Version


Fair for Life Social & FairTrade Certification - Revised Programme and New Logo

The Swiss Bio-Foundation and IMO will present the new version of the Fair for Life Social & FairTrade Certification Programme on the Biofach fair, held between 16th and 19th February 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany. At the same time, the new Fair for Life Logo will be presented. Read press release or visit the Fair for Life website
(15.02.2011/ih, ta)

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