GEN

GEN Membership Benefits

GEN membership grows credibility and influence, increasing trust and knowledge


For more than two decades, the GEN symbol has added weight and international validation to the ecolabels of its members. With an ISO basis for membership, and a requirement for formal peer reviews of member programmes, GEN strengthens the worldwide and regional credibility of its members.

Information sharing assists members to develop robust standards, adding value and trustworthiness to member ecolabels - an asset for each ecolabelling organisation, its clients and consumers (both individual and institutional).

GEN membership can help expand markets for ecolabelled products and services, promoting trade locally and internationally. GEN equals ecolabelling.

Features and Benefits of GEN Membership:

Feature


Benefit


ISO basis for membership

Strengthens credibility of member programmes, helps prevent green-washing

Organisation founded in 1994

Established, proven reputation

Member roster includes the longest-established ecolabels on earth.

Expands influence and awareness of individual member programmes

Annual Meeting – special sessions on areas of mutual interest and networking

Strengthens credibility of member programmes by association. Simplifies criteria development, improves quality, expands market for similar products

GENICES – Independent Peer Review

Strengthens credibility of member programmes, encourages mutual recognition, promotes trade

GEN website, newsletter

Enables shared knowledge, best practices. Expands reach of individual programmes. Reaches global decision makers and influencers

Board striving on members behalf to improve visibility and reputation

Expands influence and awareness of individual member programmes internationally

International reputation- growing rapidly

Expands influence & awareness of individual member programmes

International Associations – UNEP, OECD, IGPN, ISEAL, APO etc

Expands influence, stature and awareness of individual member programmes

Interaction between members

Enables shared knowledge, experience exchange, best practices, enhances trust

Potential for increased Common Core Criteria

Simplifies criteria development, improves quality, expands market for similar products