Gerald Herrmann, Organic Services GmbH

Gerald A. Herrmann, an agricultural engineer, is a pioneer in the organic sector, since the 1980s. He is a worldwide renowned specialist and organic industry expert and speaker. Gerald spent about two decades shaping Naturland e.V., an international farmers’ association and private organic certifier, as farm consultant, its President and Executive Director. He served voluntarily in different capacities at IFOAM – Organics International, including as its President. Today he is a partner and director of Organic Services GmbH, an international strategy- and management consultancy, specializing in the organic (food) sector, sustainability and development matters.

Organic Services is an international strategy and management consultancy, specializing in organic food, sustainability and development matters building on more than 30 years’ expertise and a global network. The services have an interdisciplinary focus, and include among others market development and studies, product sourcing, certification and accreditation consulting, renewable energy (biogas) and knowledge transfer through the organization of conferences and study tours.

Organic Services is internationally known for its outstanding expertise in quality management and software-based audit and traceability tools. As the global sales partner of Intact GmbH, the service provider of the best-in-class certification and audit management solution Ecert, Organic Services is expert in integrity management solutions, servicing public projects and private industry at national and international levels.

Organic Services' innovative software solutions include:

Check X/Organic is a cloud-based platform that combines real-time certification with real-time transaction data across the supply chain, establishing mass balances based on acreage and production data, thus preventing fraud. It is a solution that can be applied in all commodity-based supply chains.
Group Integrity is a tailormade solution for the administration of internal control systems for smallholder groups and companies with contract production
Ecert Basic is an off-the-shelf version of Ecert for the stepwise workflow management of the inspection and certification processes of local/ small certifiers.

www.check-organic.com; www.group-integrity.com; www.ecert-basic.com

Topic of presentation:

Preventing food fraud for organic products

Enhanced fraud prevention through combining supply chain and satellite information – reducing vulnerabilities in organic certification.