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DEMETER International


DEMETER_LogoDemeter-International e. V. is a non profit organization and its member organizations work together in the spirit of an international confederation with democratic principles. Membership requires a functioning Demeter certification program. Associations which support the objectives of Demeter-International can be elected as associated members. Its basis is the Biodynamic® agriculture method, originated by Rudolf Steiner in his "Agriculture Course" given in Koberwitz in 1924, and developed further in practice and research.


Demeter is the only ecological association that has built up a network of individual certification organizations world-wide. In 1997 Demeter-International was founded for closer co-operation in the legal, economic and spiritual spheres. Presently Demeter International has 16 members from Demeter organizations from Europe, America, Africa and New Zealand. Thus Demeter-International represents around 4.200 Demeter producers in 43 countries.


United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)


ungc_logoThe United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.  By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.


SEKEM joined the Global Compact initiative of the United Nations (UN) in 2003. The company is committed to the ten principles of the UN Global Compact concerning human rights, labor standards, environment protection as well as anti-corruption and their implementation in all business processes.


Since its foundation in the year 2000 the UN Global Compact has been and continues to be an international leadership network for business, government, labor and civil society through a common goal: to realize the implementation of the ten UN Global Compact principles in day-to-day business and to enforce broader UN goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.

The UN Global Compact principles are based on:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development

The United Nations Convention Against Corruption


World Future Council


World_Future_Council_LogoThe World Future Council (WFC) consists of 50 respected personalities from all five continents. They represent governments, parliaments, the arts, civil society, science and the business world. Together they form a voice for the rights of future generations. The World Future Council is a charitable foundation reliant on donations.

The World Future Council Foundation is a registered charity in Hamburg, Germany where its head office is located. Additionally, we have staff working in Brussels, London, Washington and Johannesburg.


The aim of the council is to be an ethical voice for the needs and rights of future life through making politicians aware that they have an ethical responsibility to assess every decision-making process on the basis of how it will affect future generations. In close collaboration with civil society groups, members of parliament, governments, businesses and international organizations we research future just policies and legislation. We then advise political decision-makers, offer them tried and tested courses of action and support them in the concrete implementation of new policies. As an independent non-profit organization with no interest in short-term profit or prestige, autonomous from governmental and institutional interests, the organization enjoys the highest level of credibility in its political advocacy.


International Association of Partnership in Ecology and Trade (IAP)


In 1996, SEKEM and a group of European trade partners founded the „International Association for Partnership in Ecology and Trade“ (IAP). The new initiative was supposed to enhance cooperation and mutual learning among farmers, manufactur­ers, and distributors from the North and South. In addition, it intended to steadily improve the quality of organic products cultivated in developing countries. Most of the initial members of the group have been working together since 1984 to positively influ­ence the development and the impact of Biodynamic and organic farming practice on a global scale. Until today it has developed into a forum for eco­nomic partners who are committed to the holistic development of organic farming through global partnership.


There are currently 13 permanent members in addition to SEKEM from all around the world, represented by senior executive personalities. All are or were in the past doing business with SEKEM and are committed on cor­porate or personal levels to continue to strengthen organic agriculture.


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International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM)


ifoam_logoIFOAM is the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic movement, uniting more than 750 member organizations in 116 countries.


IFOAM actively participates in international agricultural and environmental negotiations with the United Nations and multilateral institutions to further the interests of the organic agricultural movement worldwide. IFOAM is uniquely recognized for taking on this important role. The introduction of the Principles of Organic Agriculture and the recognition of IFOAM by international institutions is of enormous importance for the further development of Organic Agriculture.


Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)


gri_logoThe Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organization that works towards a sustainable global economy by providing sustainability reporting guidance.


GRI has pioneered and developed a comprehensive Sustainability Reporting Framework that is widely used around the world. The Framework enables all organizations to measure and report their economic, environmental, social and governance performance – the four key areas of sustainability.


The Reporting Framework – which includes the Reporting Guidelines, Sector Guidelines and other resources - enables greater organizational transparency about economic, environmental, social and governance performance. This transparency and accountability builds stakeholders’ trust in organizations, and can lead to many other benefits. Thousands of organizations, of all sizes and sectors, use GRI’s Framework in order to understand and communicate their sustainability performance.


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