Latest news from the FairWild Foundation


Strong FairWild presence at world leading organic food fair

Elisabeth Rueegg introduces the FairWild workshop at BioFach 2016. © Bert-Jan Ottens / ProFound & FWF March 2016, Nuremberg, Germany—Last month more than 48,000 trade visitors from 132 countries travelled to Nuremberg for Biofach, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food.

Biofach is a key event and meeting point where from 10–13 February, the FairWild Foundation was one of more than 2,000 exhibitors introducing sustainability products and services to the organic sector.

A side-event on FairWild Standard and certification scheme for sustainable wild collection: from audit to market held during Biofach attracted around 60 participants. The workshop focused on identifying challenges with implementing the FairWild Standard and the future development of the FairWild certification scheme.

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Organic wild harvest operations may follow FairWild Standard to meet USDA NOP biodiversity conservation requirements

January 2016 – A new document published this month by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) provides guidance on natural resources and biodiversity conservation for certified organic operations. The guidance document has particular relevance for certified organic wild collection operations due to the statutory requirements for sustainable resource management of organic wild habitat.

While not incorporated to the guidance by direct reference; the value of the FairWild Standard as a framework to guide the biodiversity conservation efforts of wild crop operations was positively acknowledged in USDA’s response to comments.

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Join FairWild Foundation at BioFach 2016!

February 2016 - Are you attending BioFach 2016, in Nuremberg, Germany 10-13 February? Join us at the world's largest Organic trade fair!

Find out more about the FairWild Standard and certification scheme at Hall 1-555 - where FairWild Foundation is co-exhibiting with ECOCERT and IMOswissAG.

Come and meet the FairWild team! Download our event flyer for more information.

Event: FairWild Standard and certification scheme for sustainable wild collection: from audit to market Wednesday 10th Feb, 15:00 - 17:00 (Athen, NCC Mitte)

A truly sustainable supply chain is not easy to achieve for wild resources. Sharing experience and learning of new initiatives - piloted by wild-collection operators, support organizations, trading partners, and certifiers - can make implementation much easier.

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Read the latest newsletter from FairWild: Issue 6 December 2015

Read issue 6 of the FairWild newsletter, December 2015. Available online here.

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FairWild license fee consultation underway

November 13th – A consultation is currently underway on proposed changes to the license fee system applicable to registered Licensees, i.e. manufacturing companies responsible for the labelling and marketing of the final packaged products containing FairWild-certified ingredients.

The proposed new approach is intended to simplify the license fee structure, creating a fee system that provides a balanced coverage of all the different types of products that may be proposed for FairWild labelling. A final decision will be taken by the FairWild Foundation Board based on feedback from current and potential future licensees.

The consultation is open until Friday 5th December. For a copy of the consultation document and to provide feedback, please contact the FairWild Secretariat (