At the ISEAL 2016 Global Sustainability Standards Conference in Washington D.C., the Global Coffee Platform and 7 other ISEAL members confirmed their efforts to work together towards the improvement of knowledge and sustainable use of pesticides, which includes reducing or eliminating HHPs (Highly Hazardous Pesticides). This ISEAL Integrated Pest Management Coalition has laid out an agenda that shows how verification-certifications schemes can work together to collectively drive bigger impact on this issue.
The coalition has agreed to promote a set of common principles for integrated pest management (IPM), to seek and promote alternatives to pesticide use, to share their strategies and techniques with each other, to create a common manual for training programs and producers on worker health risks and how to use safety equipment, and to create a common reference database with information on banned pesticides and knowledge-sharing on integrated pest management. The group will also monitor their work in a consistent manner.
The signatory members of the IPM Coalition Partnership Document (MoU) are: Better Cotton Initiative, Bonsucro, Fairtrade International, Global Coffee Platform, Golf Environment Organization, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Sustainable Agriculture Network, and UTZ.