Who we are

IMO (Institute for Marketecology) is a highly experienced international body for the inspection, certification and quality control of organic, eco-friendly and socially-responsible products. IMO is your global partner to ensure high levels of sustainable and ethical performance.

IMO has been active in the field of organic certification for more than 25 years. Today, IMO is also renowned as pioneer in the sectors of natural textiles, timber & forestry, fisheries & aquaculture and fair trade & social accountability monitoring. IMO has a strong reputation for its successful efforts in promotion of regional development.



International network

IMO is an international network with its head quarter in Weinfelden, Switzerland. It is part of the international ECOCERT group based in L’Isle Jourdain, France. Have a look at the IMO world map… 


Certification services are offered according to about 70 different ecological and social standards. The overall high quality of IMO’s performance is continuously monitored and acknowledged by numerous experienced auditors and authorities. Read more about what we do…
 

Company history

IMO was founded in Switzerland in 1989 by Dr. Rainer Bächi and Elisabeth Rüegg. In only 15 years IMO has grown from a 2-people office to an international group of companies. Read more about our founder…
From the very beginning IMO has worked internationally. Our philosophy has always been to collaborate with the people living in the countries where IMO is operating or has had opportunities to operate. This approach has allowed us to open new offices through joint ventures with local individuals or organizations.


Today IMO is a member of the international ECOCERT group based in France. ECOCERT and IMO share core values on organic agriculture, environmental protection and sustainability. This merger strengthens our international presence and offers new opportunities of development for our clients: a wider range of environmental services and certifications with recognized and demanding standards.


Throughout the years, IMO has developed many innovative products for producers and consumers worldwide. Read more about our innovations…


 



  

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