Mountain Rose Herbs Receives High Honor

| 11/22/2013 10:13:00 AM

Tags: Mountain Rose Herbs, Fair for Life, Organic Herbs,

Mountain Rose Herbs Receives Highest “Fair for Life” Certification Status

Mountain Rose Herbs, one of the nation’s largest bulk suppliers of organic herbs, spices, and teas, has earned the highest achievement of a Level 5 rating for both Social and Fair Trade Certification and Social Responsibility from Fair for Life/IMO, certifying Mountain Rose Herbs operations and procedures throughout the company as Fair for Life. The Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification Programme offers operators of socially responsible projects a solution for brand neutral third party inspection and certification in initial production, manufacturing, and trading. It combines strict social and fair trade standards with adaptability to local conditions.

Social equity plays a crucial role in the economic lives of people all over the world.  Focusing on Fair Trade means ensuring that those who produce, farm, and work are treated and paid fairly.  In order to receive this certification, Mountain Rose Herbs is visited by an auditor from IMO every May. This auditor does random interviews with employees at every level of the company.  Inspections involve every facet of the operation, from health and safety, to energy management, to conditions of the workplace, to fair compensation.  There is an expectation to meet strident Fair Trade standards for how the company works with farmers, customers, and others throughout the community. The company must provide documentation about how Fair Trade practices are employed every step of the way in the production, operation, and distribution of products offered. Last year, Mountain Rose Herbs achieved a Level 4 in their second year of partnering with IMO and now in their third year, they’ve achieved the highest rating.

“We have longstanding friendships with the farms that grow our herbs and deeply value the skill and dedication of our in-house staff, so we’re proud to go beyond traditional Fair Trade practices in order to honor their important work. It was imperative that we challenge ourselves to meet the stringent requirements to certify our entire company, not just our products. We’re thrilled to reach the highest level this year,” said Jennifer Gerrity the Executive Director of Mountain Rose Herbs.   

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