Leading, serving, growing

How the Global Ecolabelling Network is preparing for the future.

Published On: 21-Apr-2017

The Global Ecolabelling Network board met April 6 – 7, 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand. Starting on Chakri Day commemorating the founding of the Chakri Dynasty, of which the current Thailand monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ninth king, the board reflected on the successes of the past year to plan for the future and how to fulfill its commitment to “grow, lead, and serve”.

Board Chair Bjorn-Erik Lonn kicked off the meeting asking board members to reflect on the past six months and what changes they have seen in their programmes and in ecolabelling in their regions since the Annual General Meeting in the Ukraine in October 2016. Broadly, board members pointed to successes in promoting Green Public Procurement (GPP) policies. Several also noted greater focus in their countries on Sustainable Development Goals and concern about product health impacts – particularly chemicals of concern.

Other topics covered in the board meeting included planning for a Global Ecolabelling Day in 2018 – a key objective identified during the post-AGM workshop in the Ukraine – and expanding GEN’s commitment to the United Nations Environment Programme 10YFP initiatives to grow sustainable production and consumption. The board is excited to engage members in planning a successful Global Ecolabelling Day in 2018; look to the website for more information as we move forward.

The GEN board locates its meetings where travel to and from may also enable them to complete the GENICES peer review process with prospective and current members. Board members completed GENICES audits and re-audits with colleagues in India, Hong Kong, and Bangkok before the board meeting this year, enabling board members who completed these audits to share what they learned from colleagues about the status of ecolabelling in these regions.

Pictured: Board and executive meeting in Bankgkok. (l to r) Back: Hiroyuki Kobayashi (GEN GAO), Chin-Yuan Chen, Bjorn-Erik Lonn (Chair), Hans-Hermann Eggers, Osamu Uno (Treasurer). Front: Xiaodan Zhang, Catherine Sheehy (Secretariat), Linda Ho, Eva Eiderstrom.