The Essential Costa Rica country brand aims to generate competitiveness among Costa Rican businesses and increase quality standards. Likewise, it strives to create a community of licensed businesses that are worthy representatives and that share the country brand’s values, promoting business in Costa Rica and abroad. Essential Costa Rica organizations subject themselves to an assessment protocol encompassing five principles: sustainability, excellence, Costa Rican origin, social progress, and innovation. Essential Costa Rica is awarded by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Agency (PROCOMER), and Taboga is licensed under the “Agriculture” category promoting and complying with best sustainability, excellence, social progress and innovation practices.
This certification was achieved after almost two years of adjustments and improvements in production systems and in the chain of custody, as well as a thorough audit. BONSUCRO ensures that the sugar cane production processes are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable, and it is exclusive of this crop. The Taboga sugar company obtained Bonsucro’s International certification, a qualification seeking that the sugar sector remain in a state of continuous improvement, and that it is verified as sustainable through collaborative actions within the sector, always taking into account the environmental, social and economic pillars. This certification is important for Taboga in order to materialize all of its sustainability efforts, and because it increases competitiveness in the face of raw material buyers that request Bonsucro as a sustainability endorsement throughout the chain of value, especially in European markets.
José Pablo Montoya, Taboga’s General Director, mentioned that “it is very important for us to be able to show that our production is sustainable, environment-friendly, that it meets land and water protection policies, among others, but it is also proof for our consumers and buyers that those who are part of our team work in a discrimination-free environment, that also guarantees occupational safety.”
Bonsucro is a global, non-profit initiative dedicated to harnessing the sugar sector’s potential to generate sustainable development in producing communities and contributing to their achieving greater environmental resilience and harmony. Taboga received the Bonsucro certification from Control Union, a certifying company.
Kosher means “fit” or “proper”, and refers to all food that complies with the Biblical and Talmud rules of Jewish dietary law. It is carried out in production plants by a certification company supervisor and guarantees that products meet the required rules and regulations. Kashrut laws establish the food that is adequate for Jewish consumption. Throughout history, observance of Kashrut has been a signature of the Jewish identity. Perhaps even more than any other "Mitzvah", the Kashrut laws emphasize that Judaism is much more than a religion in the conventional sense of the word. For Judaism, holiness is not confined to holy moments or places; life in its entirety is holy. The Kashrut laws have several benefits: health benefits, the humane treatment of animals, the unifying effect for a peoples dispersed, and its role as shield against assimilation.
Today, kosher cooking has become easier thanks to the variety of available products in the market that make this a spiritually enriching and pleasant experience.
The International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) is one of the most important certification systems to highlight our commitment as an environmentally responsible company. ISCC’s objective is to establish a practical and transparent internationally oriented system for the certification of biomass and bioenergy. ISCC is oriented towards:
Taboga achieved this certification on December 30th, 2010, becoming the first in Latin America to obtain it.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is part of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and BCS was accredited in 2002. According to NOP standards, the certification entitles the company to use the USDA NOP organic seal, subject to the observance of rule and regulation requirements. A certified product’s entire food chain, when intended for sale in the United States market must be certified according to NOP standards. This includes raw material producers, processors and sometimes also retailers.
The United States organic production market grows every year and has become one of the main markets for organic products. The United States has reached organic product commercial agreements with several countries such as the EU, Japan and others. However, companies located in countries without a trade agreement with the United States must be certified in accordance with the NOP in order to export their organic products to the United States. Certification of organic production in conformity with the NOP’s organic product standards authorizes us to sell our products in the United States market as organic, as well as to label them with the USDA NOP seal.
The FSSC 22000 certificate is widely acknowledged by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), and is based on current ISO standards. The FSSC 22000 proves that Taboga possesses a robust food safety management system, and complies with our client and consumer requirements. It also determines integrated process requirements that work together to control and minimize food safety risks. The certificate is based on the internationally accepted ISO standard for food safety audit and legitimization in the food and beverage production sector. It uses current ISO 22000, ISO 22002-1 standards, and the FSSC 22000’s additional requirements. The FSSC 22000 reflects our organization’s efforts in adhering to the system and our commitment to its continuous performance improvement.
The Ecological Blue Flag is an award or badge presented every year rewarding efforts and volunteer work in the search for conservation and progress, in accordance with the protection of natural resources, the implementation of actions to tackle climate change, the search for the best health and hygiene conditions, and the improvement of public health for the people of Costa Rica.
Taboga is part of the Agricultural category, whose objective is to encourage the use of best practices for the sustainable management of natural resources in production.
The ISO 17025 standard provides the necessary requirements that testing and calibration laboratories must meet, enabling the harmonization of quality standards. Its main objective is to guarantee analytical results’ technical competence and reliability. The standard includes both Process and Technical requirements that influence quality of work improvement in laboratories. This fosters the creation of collective knowledge enabling personnel integration and an in-depth knowledge of the organization’s core, as well as providing flexibility in adapting to needs and environment changes. These requirements are employed as tools for the dissemination of a collective knowledge that enables personnel integration, provides flexibility for adapting to changes in the environment and can detect problems in order to solve them in advance. Finally, the Laboratory’s Accreditation will be the formal acknowledgement of its Technical competence and capacity to carry out specific analyses.