How does GEN Function?

GEN membership – how GEN membership works – levels of membership

GEN Full and Associate members offer certified green products and services. They operate Type 1 ecolabelling programmes and develop standards in an open, public, and transparent process.

GEN Full members run an ISO 14024 ecolabelling scheme and have successfully completed GENICES- our peer review assessment. ( see below)

Associate members are on the way to becoming a full member. They run an ecolabelling scheme and cover full aspects of the life cycle but have yet to complete GENICES.

And last but not least, we have our affiliate members.

They are supportive partners and organisations that believe and share in our mission but do not run an ecolabelling scheme themselves.

They are an important part of our ecosystem and theory of change.

There are five roles that Full and Associate GEN Members must fulfil in order to fulfill the GEN requirements. They are:

  • Set and publish environmental criteria
  • Certify products and services with lower environmental impact than comparable products/services
  • Provide information, advice and technical assistance to organisations contemplating or developing ecolabelling programmes
  • Disseminate information to the public
  • Represent the interests of ecolabelling in various international meetings and events

Local and regional conditions do create differences in criteria and product categories among the membership however, all ISO 14024 standards or criteria address multiple environmental attributes and address key issues such as toxicity, air quality, energy use, recyclability, VOCs, carcinogens and other concerns.

Our members use life cycle thinking to develop standards which minimise environmental impacts across the whole entire life cycle of a product or service, from raw material extraction right through to use and eventual disposal or breakdown.

Have you heard of circular economy solutions? Ecolabelling delivers just that.

Our board

KS Venkatagiri

Chairperson, GreenPro (India)

Mr. Venkatagiri is the Executive Director of CII-Godrej GBC – Confederation of Indian Industry’s centre of excellence on green businesses. He is an expert in green concepts and is leading a team of over 90 green professionals. Under his leadership, the centre is offering services to Indian industry in the areas of green buildings, green companies, green products, energy management, renewable energy, and other related sectors. He played leadership role in conceptualizing and launching the ecolabel GreenPro in India. Venkatagiri holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and has been associated with Confederation of Indian Industry since 1993.

Yulia Gracheva

Vitality Leaf (Russia)

The director and head of the Certification Body, NP Ecological Union, Yulia joined the GEN board in 2017. She has worked for NP Ecological Union for 12 years and has been responsible for establishing the procedures and developing the criteria in the growing Vitality Leaf ecolabelling Type 1 programme from the beginning. Yulia graduated from Saint Petersburg State University as a specialist in ecology in 2004 and then obtained a Ph.D. in biology in 2010. She is also a member of the Russian Standardization Technical Committee on Green Technologies and Green Innovative Products and participates in the working group on Green Product Procurement (GPP) implementation in Russia.

Takashi Fujisaki

Treasurer, Eco Mark Program (Japan)

Takashi Fujisaki is General Manager of the Eco Mark Office, Japan Environment Association and is responsible for the Eco Mark program. Since joining the Eco Mark office in 2001, he has successively held the positions of Criteria Development & Certification Manager, Promotion Manager, and Contract & Audit Manager. Mr. Fujisaki is a qualified Labor and Social Security attorney. He has also served as a member of the Designated Items Review Committee of Japanese Green Public Procurement.

Katherine Larocque

EPEAT Program

Katherine has over 13 years of experience as a sustainability professional, providing customized sustainability advice and solutions to a wide variety of organizations and industries ranging from multinational food and beverage companies, and technology sector clients, to small non-profits. Katherine plays a critical role in ensuring the credibility of the EPEAT Program, and supports manufacturers as they seek to increase the availability of sustainable electronics globally.

Prior to joining the Global Electronics Council, Katherine lead the extended producer responsibility and recycling efforts at a large global retailer. Having served as the Secretariat Manager of the Global Ecolabelling Network for several years, Katherine has a deep appreciation and understanding of the very important role ecolabels play in increasing the production and consumption of more sustainable products.

Katherine holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Queen’s University. She resides in Ottawa, Canada.

Svetlana Perminova

All-Ukraine NGO Living Planet

Director of the Center for Environmental Certification and Labeling of the Living Planet NGO (since 2008) – Ecolabelling program Green Crane. Ecologist (specialty “Ecological safety”, “Ecology in construction”), I have been working in the field of environmental protection since 2004, engaged in research in the field of environmental safety and environmental impact assessment. In 2006, she received a grant from the President of Ukraine for gifted youth – the creation and implementation of a geographic information system (GIS) for managing the environmental security of the region (Kherson region).

Since 2008, she began working at the Center for Environmental Certification and Labeling NGO Living Planet as a certification specialist. Since 2011 – Director of the Center. I participate in working groups on the development of criteria, international cooperation and project implementation in areas such as environmental management systems, eco-labels, sustainable public procurement, sustainable consumption and production. Member of the National Technical Committee 82 “Environmental Protection” on life cycle assessment, environmental management systems, environmental labels and declarations.

Expert in Living Planet projects implemented in partnership with UNEP – EU EaP, GIZ to support the development of energy efficient and sustainable public procurement in the construction sector. OSCE expert on chemical safety issues.

Qiuming (Fallight) Xu

TÜV Rheinland (Germany)

Mr. Xu is the General Manager responsible for the business development of Sustainability Services at TÜV Rheinland. He is a standardization engineer and an EFFAS (the European Federation of Financial Analyst Societies) Certified Environmental Social and Governance Analyst (CESGA®). Mr. Xu holds a Diploma in Green and Sustainable Finance from the Chartered Banker Institute (UK), a Master of Business Administration from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor of Arts from the Nanchang University. He is an RSA Fellow and also an ICRS Fellow.

Tao Yan

China Environmental United Certification Center

Acting as Deputy General Manager/ senior engineer of China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC), I have been working in the field of environmental protection more than 20 years, mainly engaging in China Environmental Labelling Program (CEL), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and Environmental Management System (EMS) etc. I participated in EMS mechanism establishment in China from 1997-2002. I was once fully responsible for certification implementation of ecolabel business and GENICES re-audit preparation as auditee in 2018. Now I am in charge of international cooperation, scientific research, information and publicity management etc. in CEC. In addition, I served as the representative of MAC member of UNEP “One Planet Network CI-SCP Programme” on behalf of CEC, and also the member of Standardization Committee of China Certification and Accreditation Association. I can work in English and have completed hundreds international CDM verification project independently. I also participated in German training and learned in Germany for 1 year. China Environmental Labelling program has been developed into one of the biggest and most successful eco-label program in the world, and been adopted into China GPP policy since 2006. CEL passed GENICES peer review in 2012 & 2018 and signed bilateral MOU with 13 GEN members. CEC successfully organized 2014 and 2019 GEN AGM in China. Meanwhile CEC has established cooperation widely with international organizations such as UNEP, ICLEI, IISD, GIZ, ISEAL and IGPN. By undertaking GEN Board member, IGPN secretariat, Co-lead of SPP program of UNEP One Planet Network, and core level member of Asia-Pacific GPP network, CEC has been committed to promoting the collaborative development of ecolabel and SPP. Additional, Ms. Xiaodan ZHANG representing CEC, served as GEN Board Member for 10 years and gave us a great. example.

Guy Ladvocat

ABNT Ecolabel - Hummingbird (Brazil)

Mechanical Engineer graduated in 1979 by the Universidade Federal Fluminense – UFF. Master in Environmental Engineering by the State University of Rio de Janeiro – UERJ. 32 years experience in the quality area. It is currently Systems Certification Manager at ABNT. From 2012 to 2014 was the General Coordinator of a project financed by the IDB related to the implementation of a greenhouse gas scheme in small and medium enterprises. From 2013 to 2018 was ABNT representative in the Board of the Global Board Ecolabelling Network – GEN. From 1991 to 1996, was Project Manager at the Brazilian Institute of Nuclear Quality – IBQN. From 1997 to 1998, developed quality management advisory activities, and third party audits for accreditation of testing laboratories for the Brazilian Accreditation Body. Lead Auditor of Quality Management Systems, Laboratories and Products certification. From 2006 to 2010 was the Coordinator of the Standing Credibility Committee of the Conformity Assessment Brazilian Committee.

Hiroyuki Kobayashi

Eco Mark Program (Japan)

Mr. Hiroyuki Kobayashi works in Promotion Section of Eco Mark Office following he was engaged in Criteria & Certification Section developing criteria as well as supporting a company that wishes to apply for Eco Mark, which is only Type1 Ecolabelling program in Japan for more than 30 years. He is in charge of international activities of Eco Mark such as Mutual Recognition Agreement known as MRA, dissemination of Eco Mark program internationally and is a regional chapter of the Working Group 2 on Type I Ecolabels of the Consumer Information for SCP program of One Planet Network led by UN Environment. He also serves as General Affairs Office for Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) which is International network organization of Type1 Ecolabelling.

Our Secretariat Team

Kate Harris

Secretariat

Kate Harris is an experienced designer, coach and facilitator of Leadership Development programs for senior leaders in the Public Service and across all sectors.

She is a social ecologist who is also a passionate Secretariat of the Global Ecolabelling Network and Non-Executive Director of the Living Future Institute of Australia.

Kate has held previous CEO positions including Good Environmental Choice Australia and the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. She is also the Chair of Standards Australia – environmental communication and involved in the international redesign of the international ecolabelling standard.

With an extensive background in helping high performing individuals, organisations and communities create a better future through sustainable development, Kate brings all these foci to her work. Kate has expertise in leadership development, sustainable development, strategic foresight and organisational leadership. She believes passionately in human potential to create meaningful change which she brings to all her positions.

Karina Schlieper

Marketing Manager

A marketing strategist with high creativity and project implementation skills. I’m result driven, solving problems logically and strategically. I have extensive experience in developing insight driven marketing strategy, creating digital marketing campaigns, integrated marketing campaigns, marketing and sales channels development, engaging with customers and developing reports.

My passion is in all related to education, diversity and sustainability!

Karena Li

Communications and Events Project Officer

Karena Li is the communications and events project officer at Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN). She supports the secretariat in their role while also communicating with members, creating social media post and supporting the creation of events. She enjoy meeting and working with new people to support them in creating important events. She has a passion in events and communications and have enjoyed providing support in World Ecolabel Day, Annual General Meetings, Member Meet-ups and The UNEP Ecolabelling Training Programme.

 

Korey Gunnis

Writer

My name is Korey Gunnis and I am currently living in the beautiful environment of the Blue Mountains, NSW. I have significant experience working in the community and government sector, and I currently work for a not-for-profit organization in the Blue Mountains. I have previously completed a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology). I am passionate about sustainability and that the natural environment is protected to help ensure the current & future health of the planet. I am also the volunteer grants writer for the Global Ecolabelling Network.

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