The success of the Organics Council ®’s mission depends on your support. Fundraising or donating to the Organics Council ® makes a huge difference to our ability to drive change towards a healthier, safer and more sustainable world.
A key factor in our success is our impartiality and independence from the influence of industries and governments. Funding from industries and even governments comes with unfortunate strings attached – strings we refuse to tie ourselves to. Public interest is our top and only priority, so we do not accept funding from industry under any circumstances. We would rather fade into obscurity than compromise our impartiality by accepting corporate funding. This would be a sad loss in the fight for consumer safety and planet protection, but without your support, we simply cannot continue our tireless work.
All donations received and their allocation are audited and monitored by Organics Council ® Audit Committee in line with the Organics Council ® Impartiality Management Policy. The Organics Council ®’s main source of funding is the OrganiTrust ® certification service, whereby we remain independent, absolutely impartial and still capable of delivering positive change.
Funds raised by donations go towards:
- Social interest protection. When government regulations are created or amended, we represent public interest without compromise by being involved with review panels and raising queries in formal letters, as well as rebutting irresponsible business actions.
- Conducting research. Our work involves overseeing the OrganiTrust ® certification scheme and the Organics Council ® Approved Substance List. As we are starting these lists from scratch, a huge amount of work and dedication is needed to thoroughly assess each substance in use.
- Public health campaigns. As part of our public and planet health protection and education initiative, we run Health Campaigns on our social project website whatishealthy.info.
Some of our planned and past campaigns, to name a few, are:
- A large proportion of our food today is imported from China, where, according to the Chinese government, a fifth of farmland is contaminated with industrial and agricultural pollutants. Is food from China really safe and how much of it are we exposed to?
- Is your bread contaminated with glyphosate (the main ingredient of Roundup weedkiller)? If so, how much and what is the least glyphosate-containing bread you can buy?
- Is your food polluted with toxic food packaging substances (such as adhesives or inks) that are not yet adequately safety controlled by national regulations?
- Are there endocrine-disrupting toxins such as bisphenol A, or its equally toxic replacements bisphenols S or F, in your baby food from food packaging?
- Are supermarkets doing enough to ensure their own-brand product packaging is fully recyclable and which supermarket is the worst to fill landfill?
- We use utensils and cookware on a daily basis without giving their safety a second thought. Could this be causing us harm and what saucepan type is the safest option?
- Which clothes stores give the least attention to hazards and sell products that transfer toxins to your skin?
- Is your food packaging made from recycled plastic? When food-grade plastic material is recycled, it is soiled with non-food grade plastic, becoming a health hazard when reused as food contact material. Are there hazards hiding in your food from recycled food packaging plastics?
If you have a fundraising idea or would like to donate to the Organics Council ®, please contact us or make a direct donation via our community benefit project website whatishealthy.info. Your donations will go a long way towards making our social projects and health campaigns happen, while improving the safety of both humans and the planet.
2018 Fundraising Annual Report is due in 2019 (pdf link)