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GreenPeach Earns Certification for Omega 3 Oil Sourcing from Friend of the Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 settembre 2020

Friend of the Sea, the preeminent certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced that it has certified GreenPeach, a maker of nutritional products, for sourcing Omega 3 oil from certified sustainable methods. The California-based company can now display the Friend of the Sea logo on its products that contain Omega 3 oils.“GreenPeach has demonstrated leadership in the industry through its thorough commitment to sustainability and quality,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “We are honored to include them in our family of certified sustainable brands.” GreenPeach’s Omega 3 oil is the highest grade available. It is made from fresh wild-caught sardines, mackerel, herring and anchovies. A third-party lab tests the company’s Omega 3 oils for purity and potency. GreenPeach packages and processes its Omega 3 productsin an FDA-regulated, ISO 9001-certified facility that is equipped with carbon neutral, geothermal labs. All Omega 3 products are non-GMO. As a business, GreenPeach is driven by a set of principles that prioritizes people over profits. It is known for having a healthy business structure that is supported by and rooted in trust with its customers. “At GreenPeach, we refuse to give in to the supplement industry’s demands for low cost at any price. We value providing a healthier, cleaner product for our families,” explained Feryal Talebdoost CEO. “Our work with Friend of the Sea is representative of this ethos.”

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Friend of the Sea Publishes Certification Standard for Sustainable Sea Salt Production

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 febbraio 2020

Friend of the Sea, the preeminent certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced today that it has published a certification standard for sustainable sea salt production. Sea salt production practices can have a significant impact on marine and coastal wildlife. Companies that meet the sea salt certification criteria can the Friend of the Sea eco-label on their sea salt products.“Salt is so common that we often forget that much of it comes from the sea,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “Protecting the marine environment needs to include ensuring that sea salt production practices are sustainable.”The process of extracting salt from seawater has changed little in thousands of years. It involves trapping water in shallow ponds or “pans” and allowing the water to evaporate. The remaining salt can then be harvested and refined. Seasalt is used in food preparation, but also in many industrial applications like the production of chlorine.Sea salt production can affect the marine ecosystem and the well-being of both land and marine flora and fauna. This is due to the process’s tendency to disrupt the natural flow of water at the shoreline. The processes changes waterways, whichin turn potentially negatively affects feeding grounds, breeding and so forth.To meet the Friend of the Sea requirements, a sea salt producer must pass an audit. The audit examines the producers social and environmental management systems, emergency procedures, machinery and equipment, legal compliance and conservation of the ecosystem. In this latter category, the salt producer must affirm that construction of their salt pans has not destroyed any natural ecosystem. If there has been environmental damage, the salt producer must provide a mitigation plan. The audit also looks at the impact of the salt facility on the aquatic ecosystem and use of hazardous substances, along with many other factors.

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SMK Electronics Receives ISO/TS16949 Certification

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 agosto 2017

tokyo-japanTokyo. SMK Electronics (Europe) Ltd., a division of SMK Corporation (Japan), announced today that SMK Hungary Kft, its local manufacturing facility located in Békéscsaba, Hungary, has received ISO/TS 16949 certification–the recognized worldwide quality standard for production and supply of components to the automotive industry.ISO/TS 16949 is an ISO technical certification mandating the development of a manufacturing management system to provide continual quality improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and focusing on the reduction of variation and waste in the automotive industry supply chain. With receipt of this certification, the SMK Hungary Kft facility now has the processes and technical expertise required for the design and manufacture of automotive electrical assemblies—opening the door to new business opportunities in the key European market.“The ISO/TS 16949 certification of our Hungary manufacturing facility allows SMK to further refine its manufacturing processes, guaranteeing consistently high quality products to our automotive industry customers,” said Patrick Delanoeije, Vice President, SMK Electronics (Europe) Ltd. “This recent certification, together with the plant’s existing ISO9001 and ISO 4001 accreditations, allows SMK Electronics to more directly meet our customers’ requirements–supplying cost-effective products, produced locally, that meet the worldwide quality standard for automotive manufacturing.”SMK Electronics’ Hungary Kft manufacturing facility has a distinguished history of producing electronic assemblies for both the consumer electronics and medical device industries. This additional ISO/TS 16949 certification paves the way for the plant’s assembly of automotive products including remote controls, PCB, connectors, control panels, camera modules and HMI connectivity assemblies.

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Tuna fleet setting nets on dolphins not qualified for Friend of the Sea certification

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 aprile 2015

Friend-of-the-seaFriend of the Sea has received requests for certification from two major Latin America tuna shipowners whose vessels set nets on dolphins to catch tuna. Audit was not authorized because one of the requirements for Friend of the Sea certification is that the tuna company be also certified Dolphin-Safe by the Earth Island Institute.“Setting nets on Dolphins is a practice which implies use of explosives or paint bombs and speedboats to harass and encircle dolphins,” explains Dr Paolo Bray. “Dolphin mortality is unfortunately still allowed by some nations as part of tuna fishing activity in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. This fishing method has lead to a decimation of dolphins populations. No dolphin-killing fleet will ever be certified Friend of the Sea sustainable.”“While Friend of the Sea has denied certification to these fisheries, other programs seem to consider this practice potentially sustainable and worth evaluation,” concludes Dr Bray “Certification of such a dolphin targeting fishery as sustainable would be misleading for consumers. The certifying eco-label will be associated to a cruel and wasteful fishing practice which has killed millions of dolphins over the years.” Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 400 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood origins. Audits, based on best and most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies.

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EXIN Expands Security Framework with Ethical Hacking Foundation Certification

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 aprile 2015

utrecht, the Netherlands, EXIN expands their Security Framework with a new exam: Ethical Hacking Foundation. This exam, globally launched at the Cyber Security Week in The Hague in The Netherlands, builds on the recently launched EXIN Secure Programming certification.Estimates of current annual cost to the global economy from cybercrime range between $375 and $575 billion, according to a recent study published by McAfee.* The worldwide cyber security market on the other hand is an emerging market and expected to grow from $71 billion in 2014 to $155+ billion by 2019, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc.
As worldwide cyber security threats and the global cyber security services market are on the rise, EXIN experiences a growing demand for certifications in the field of cyber security related subjects. Anticipating this trend EXIN recently launched its Security Framework – a certification cluster with an expanding portfolio of cyber security exams such as Ethical hacking.
The global availability of the EXIN Ethical Hacking Foundation certification means IT professionals are provided with a vendor-neutral Ethical Hacking competence confirmation, from an internationally acknowledged certification institute. The new exam tests IT professionals on basic knowledge and understanding of “Ethical Hacking” – the ability to evaluate IT security systems by exploiting hardware and software vulnerabilities using hacking techniques. Ethical hacking is a well-known method of duplicating the intent and actions of malicious hackers, also known as black hats, used by security professionals, the white hats, to locate and evaluate infrastructural weaknesses.
The EXIN Ethical Hacking Foundation certification covers a variety of hacking related subjects and techniques, including network traffic analyzing, wireless network hacking, network scanning and the penetration of computer systems and websites.
More in detail, candidates are tested on their knowledge and understanding with regards to (but not limited to) the following topics:
• Network sniffing (gathering information from network traffic)
• Cracking a WPA(2) key from a wireless network
• An introduction to worms and botnets
• Network vulnerability scanning
• Basic penetration of computer systems
• Password cracking
• Web-based hacking, containing SQL Injections (SQLi), Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), Remote File Inclusions (RFI)
• Analyzing log files
“Ethical Hacking Foundation is another proof of EXIN’s ability to deliver the right IT certifications at the right time,” said Bernd Taselaar, CEO of EXIN. “Cyber-Security will remain a hot topic in 2015 and beyond. We already had the management focused Information Security based on ISO/IEC 27002 certification. Next to that, the expanding Security Framework now caters to the growing security certification needs of IT professionals like programmers and developers. EXIN sees a strong market demand for high-quality IT security certifications. The e-CF principles incorporated in EXIN’s exams ensure that the certifications live up to market expectations.”
Recently launched within the Security Framework is EXIN Secure Programming Foundation, a certification for software developers and programmers who want to have their skills in Building Security In validated. EXIN Ethical Hacking Foundation builds on the Secure Programming certification, by adding risk assessment within application and web development to EXIN’s certification portfolio.The new certification, based on the e-Competence Framework (e-CF)** will initially be made available in English, with language localizations in a variety of global markets following soon. The exam is available through EXIN’s partner channel and EXIN Anywhere in more than 165 countries worldwide.
The EXIN Ethical Hacking Foundation and EXIN Secure Programming certifications are developed in joint cooperation with Security Academy, a European training institute with its focus on Information Security, Business Continuity Management (BCM) and Security Management. The partnership with Security Academy is meant to combine hands-on, practical and job-oriented ICT security experience with EXIN’s vendor independent IT certification knowledge base, both at a high international level.

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Unimak Maritime Group’s Russian scallops verified Friend of the Sea sustainable

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 febbraio 2014

Friend of the Sea announces the certification of North Kurilsk Seiner Fleet Base scallops. The company is the Russian partner of Unimak Maritime Group. The scallops are fished in the Pacific Ocean (Kuril Island and Okhotsk areas) where this species is abundant. North Kurilsk Seiner Fleet Base is a sister company to Kamchatka’s Tymlatskii Rybokombinat, which together with Unimak, obtained certification for sockeye and pink salmon.The audit was run by an accredited international body and based on Friend of the Sea strict social and environmental requirements.Use of dredges is authorized as the level of scallop population is so high that the gear does not touch the seabed. Vessels are operated at due distance from the coast: 12 miles for driftnets and 1.2 miles for traps. Crabs and echinoderms are immediately released alive when they accidentally enter the traps.Discard of scallops fishing tends to zero. This achievement is neatly under 8% maximum allowed level of discard according to Friend of the Sea.The reliability of the company is also proved by its modern fleet whose fishing vessels are mandatorily registered with Russian Federation’s flag.”Unimak Maritime is proud of Tymlatski’s double Friend of the Sea certification.” comments Mr William Turner, Unimak Maritime Group’s President. “This further recognition confirms once again our deep sense of responsibility and attention to environmental conservation.”

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LEED Certification: The Experts Meet the Activists

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 aprile 2012

All is not well with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). As more stakeholders come out in support of reforming the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification policy, FSC is fighting tooth and nail to maintain its monopoly, a position that has been bad value for both consumers and taxpayers. But this ongoing fight is all the more damaging because FSC and their fellow greens appear to have lost support from one of their most dependable allies—organized labor. As we have already highlighted, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have declared their support for LEED to include wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), one of FSC’s competing certifiers. But just when the split between green groups and organized labor is become more and more apparent, noted forestry companies such as Cross & Crown in Oregon are also becoming much more vocal in their support to reform LEED. In fact, Robert A. Luoto, the owner of Cross & Crown, went as far to claim that by “giving preferential treatment to FSC, which has 90 percent of its certified land outside the United States, USGBC discourages the use of timber and other forest by‑products harvested on three million acres of lands certified to the SFI Standard in Oregon alone.” Without reform, USGBC is jeopardizing the future of the American forestry industry, especially small landholders who simply can’t afford to comply with FSC’s unnecessary standards. But without the support of unions, business and small landholders, FSC are looking increasingly isolated. Unlike SFI, FSC is thoroughly ideological and has pursed market interference measures both domestically and internationally. But with so much at stake, FSC’s real motives are gradually being found out. It’s therefore hardly surprising that with LEED reforms on the horizon, this debate would juxtapos e the experts against the activists. And there are no prizes for guessing which side is which.

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General Assembly 8 – watershed moment for WWF and the RSPO

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 marzo 2012

The re-run of the eighth General Assembly of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was a watershed moment for the organisation. The interests of palm oil producers have been ignored by other members of the RSPO.Is this the moment that RSPO becomes a vehicle of WWF and their ambition to control and transform markets?
RSPO General Assembly will no longer be a democratic process. The General Assembly of the RSPO passed resolution 6c which sought to reduce the number of members required for a quorum from 50 per cent to a mere 80. 80 members currently represents a mere 13 per cent of RSPO members, lowering the standard of participation and representative democracy in the RSPO even further. A resolution put forward by WWF and a number of other environmental interest groups has tightened the standards for growers, traders/processors, consumer goods manufacturers and retailers. While the new resolution appears to treat all groups equally, a closer look at the detail makes it clear that the resolution is actually targeting growers and processors.Voluntary certification systems have been touted for a long time by WWF to demonstrate that they were pro-market & market-friendly. So far none of the WWW sponsored systems have won market support. Consumers will not pay the cost of the “sustainability premium”. The WWF strategy now is to capture and direct the markets and dictate to consumers and producers; and to pressure governments to regulate compliance with their systems.

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