Food Sustainability

Discover our commitment to food sustainability through QIMA WQS and QIMA IBD; explore our initiatives, certifications and our focus on ethical animal production

In today's consumer-driven landscape, the focus is on food that ensures safety, ethical production, and minimal environmental impact. The demand for sustainability is evident, with 80% of Americans actively seeking eco-friendly choices. Over 65% are willing to invest more in sustainable dining experiences. Notably, adverse publicity related to worker mistreatment or environmental harm can significantly impact a brand's reputation. Transparent and genuine sustainability efforts are essential to meet the evolving expectations of conscious consumers and maintain a positive brand image.

Our Approach To Sustainability

At QIMA, our commitment to sustainability is championed through our specialized business units, QIMA WQS and QIMA IBD. Taking the lead in sustainability initiatives, assisting companies in improving economic, social, and environmental conditions through informed business methods, enhanced agricultural practices, ethical treatment in animal production and increased transparency.

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Fostering Eco-Friendly Agriculture and Ethical Production

  • USDA Organic Certification:Ensures compliance with all standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Requires the use of cultural, biological, and mechanical practices supporting resource recycling on the farm, promoting biodiversity, and conserving soil and water quality.

  • European Organic Certification: Regulated by the European Parliament and Council in 2018 under rule no. 848, ensuring compliance with all certifications for the European Common Market through the EU organic food seal.Applies to plant and animal products, processed foods, and agricultural raw materials.

  • GLOBALG.A.P.’s Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard: Covers all stages of production with various add-ons for sustainability. Includes GRASP for social practice assessment, NURTURE for PPP management, Chain of Custody, and BRCGS Plant-Based Certification.

  • Rainforest Alliance: Aims to create a more sustainable world by using market influences. Focuses on protecting nature and improving the lives of rural producers and communities.

  • RSPO Certification: Recognized international certification promoting sustainable management of palm oil production. QIMA IBD engages in SCC (Traceability and Chain of Custody) standards within the RSPO framework, guaranteeing transparency and reliability in the market.

  • FSA Certification: Part of the SAI Platform, a non-profit organization promoting sustainable practices in the food and beverage sector. Provides transparency to buyers of agricultural ingredients and supports farmers in developing continuous improvement plans.

  • 4C Certification:Improves economic, social, and environmental conditions for workers and communities involved in coffee production. Evaluates compliance with good agricultural and management practices.

  • SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit):Demonstrates adherence to International Labor Organization conventions and local laws for labor standards, health and safety, management systems, environment, and business ethics.

Promoting Sustainable Animal Production

  • Animal Welfare Audits: Dedicated to fostering ethical practices, this program involves auditor training and certification. In collaboration with PAACO, QIMA/WQS assists companies in showcasing adherence to international standards. This initiative not only ensures compliance but also serves as motivation for teams to continually enhance their processes with a focus on animal welfare.

  • Raised Cage Free Certification:Developed in partnership with PAC (Preparation Audit Consultants), this certification program is committed to guaranteeing the respectful and proper treatment of birds raised for food throughout their lives. Crafted by QIMA WQS, this certification standard underscores our dedication to upholding high standards in animal care within the realm of sustainable practices.

Why Invest in Sustainable Certifications and Audits?

  • Enhance Brand Reputation: Sustainable certifications and audits are a powerful testament to your commitment to ethical practices, environmental responsibility, and social consciousness. Elevate your brand image and gain trust among conscientious consumers.

  • Access New Market Opportunities: Certification opens doors to markets driven by eco-conscious consumers. Expand your reach and tap into a growing segment that actively seeks and supports businesses with sustainable practices.

  • Mitigate Risks: Proactively address environmental, social, and ethical risks associated with your operations. Certification demonstrates your commitment to compliance and ethical conduct, reducing the likelihood of negative incidents that could harm your brand.

  • Operational Efficiency: Implementing sustainable practices often leads to streamlined processes, reduced resource consumption, and increased efficiency. Certification not only validates these improvements but also encourages continuous enhancement.

  • Stay Competitive: In an evolving business landscape, sustainability is becoming a key differentiator. Certification positions your business as a forward-thinking, responsible entity, giving you a competitive edge in the market.