Gerald A. Herrmann - Director


Gerald A. Herrmann is a pioneer of the organic sector. He is a world-wide renowned specialist and organic industry expert and speaker.

After gaining his university degree in agriculture in 1985, he spent almost two decades shaping Naturland, an international farmers’ association and private organic certifier: first as an organic farm consultant, then as its President and finally as its Executive Director. At the same time, he served voluntarily for nearly two decades in different capacities at the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (“IFOAM”), including as its Vice President (1989-2005) and President (2005-2008). During his time at IFOAM, Gerald was also a member of the Accreditation Board, on which he worked to develop IFOAM’s Accreditation Programme. This position, as well as other opportunities, have provided Gerald with the experience necessary to become an expert in the development of certification programs, supply chain traceability and integrity systems, as well as of organic markets worldwide.

Over the years, he has developed an extensive global network of contacts. Since 2004, he has been sharing his expertise within many international projects and conferences as the founding director of Organic Services.


Phone: +49 8158 92293 06
Mobile: +49 177 5521 460
Email: g.herrmann[at]
Skype: geraldherrmann

About Organic Services

Organic Services is an international strategy and management consultancy, specialising in the organic and sustainability sector. We focus on integrity solutions to combat fraud and misuse of quality claims. We draw on 30 years of experience and a global network on all continents. Our services for private companies and public institutions enhance sustainability, integrity and business success throughout the organic and sustainability sector. Our mission: more sustainability and transparency throughout the (food) supply chain. Following an interdisciplinary approach, we offer strategy and business development, market research, trade support, project, and event management.
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Our Integrity Toolset

Integrity toolset by Organic Services: Check Organic, Group Integrity and Ecert Basic (BIOFACH 2020)

Integrity toolset by Organic Services: Check Organic, Group Integrity and Ecert Basic (BIOFACH 2020)

The tools Ecert Basic and Group Integrity facilitate the audit and certification management of grower groups and small, local certification bodies, making their surveillance systems more robust, transparent, efficient and competitive. Our non-analytic mass balance approach, Check Organic, reveals food fraud even before the product is sold on the market. The combination of the three systems Check Organic, Group Integrity and Ecert Basic considerably facilitates the collaboration between supply chain actors (for example between a farmer group and their external certification body). This creates synergies that can benefit the industry as a whole.