organic certification for CADO's alcohol is from BCS Öko
Garantie GmbH, a world-respected organic certifier based in Germany.
Ecuador now has its own organic
certification standards, and
companies here can choose any internationally-accepted organic
certifier to assess them against Ecuadorian standards.
was certified organic as a producer group for the first time in 2005
and maintains its organic certification with BCS Öko Garantie
GmbH, complying with organic standards for Europe and the
USA under the norms
and rules of USDA/NOP (CE) n⁰ 834/2007 and (CE) n⁰ 889/2008.
(Note: our organic certification has temporarily expired,
since March 2016, due
to logistical challenges, but the recertification inspection is planned
for February 2017). We also have organic
certification against the Ecuadorian
standards. BCS is a
organic certifier which is accredited in
Ecuador and recognised as one of
the pioneers in control systems for processes certified under these
of environmental issues, developed in this area by CRACYP, the NGO
behind CADO, is very important, but the organic certifiers also
many other things. The records kept by producers, waste
management, the number
of trees per hectare, the presence of other plants (e.g.
maintain soil quality, and the quantity and quality of water used in
distillation are all parameters taken into consideration in the
certification includes not only organic cultivation of the sugarcane
but also the processing of the finished product. After
the alcohol leaves CADO's farms, all aspects of processing it into pure
alcohol for perfumes, or mixing it with other quality ingredients for
liqueurs, also have to comply with organic regulations. CADO
works closely with suppliers to ensure that all processes and
ingredients are of high quality and suitable for organic certification.
without agro-chemicals is traditional in this area, but organic
certification involves much more than just chemical-free cultivation.
The NGO CRACYP helped the farmers with training
in record-keeping, land management and other aspects of organic
farming, and facilitated access to other development institutions who
offered support before and during the long organic certification
farmers are not resting on their laurels - organic certification has to
be renewed each year, so they are constantly seeking to improve the
organic management of their sugar cane plantations. As CADO
members must already have converted to organic farming and meet the
requirements for certification.
for the environment and for workers' health are important components of
trade certification, so
complying with the requirements for
organic certification helps CADO's farmers to also operate on
a fair trade basis. Importantly in this area of extreme
poverty, as well as preserving the land for future generations, CADO's
farming families are earning a better price for their alcohol thanks to
Organic Certification for CADO's alcohol, ethanol, unrefined sugar,
liqueurs and other
our products and processes are certified organic by the world-respected
Öko-Garantie of Germany.