Al’Ard is the first company in the world to obtain the ISO 22000 for bottling olive oil, proving our excellence in producing and bottling of olive oil. ISO 22000 is a standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization dealing with food safety. It is a general derivative of ISO 9000.
Fair Trade Certificate
Al-Ard company for Palestinian agricultural products got the primary licence for fair trade. Thus, it is the first company within the Palestinian private sector to join the fair trade network. This is considered one of the most important achievements reached. The company buys agricultural products from farmers for a price fair to them. In addition to this, the company applies the requirements of social accountability and makes sure its importers (main materials as olive oil) are committed to fair trade requirements, part of its network, and have its certificates. Besides, the company assures they prove they are friendly environment( environmentally friendly) and so they do have plans or procedures mechanisms to reduce pollution. The company worked to get the referred to this certificate for the following reasons:
1. Support farmers and achieve the vision and mission of the company through increasing farmers loyalty to their lands.
2. Reflect a good image of the Palestinian products through using appropriate marketing methods and get involved in international competition.
3. Market the company's products through fair trade network.
4. Meet customers' needs in target countries.
Organic EU / JAS
Al’Ard olive oil is a certified organic product. Al’Ard olive oil is organically produced, and it comes directly from farmers to Al’Ard facility where it’s stored and bottled under strict supervision.
Al’ard Co. applied the standards of organic production according to the European specifications (EU), as well as according to the Japanese specifications (JAS), and was granted the logo for each specification to differentiate organic products from other products, and the Control Union checks on Al’ard Products along the production chain and granting products organic certificate allowing it to be traded as an organic product. For more details about the requirements of organic farming please follow the link:
Palestinian Quality Certificate (PSI)
PSI requires for the company to include particular technical specifications for the products it, to fulfills the legal requirements , PSI conducts periodical tests every 3 months on the company's products to verify compliance with the specifications and standards adopted by the institution.Quality certification is granted by the Palestinian Standards Institute PSI, and the institution checks on the system and procedures applied within the company and to ensure that the quality of products , and includes a quality system that is checking it on the following topics :
1 . Production systems , maintenance and storage.
2 . Product description file processes productivity.
3 . Quality systems and testing calibration measurement tools .
4 . Procurement systems and the evaluation and selection of suppliers.
5 . Systems sales.
6 . Systems of recruitment and staff training and development and raising abilities.