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Excellence Through Stewardship is a global not-for-profit organization that promotes the universal adoption of stewardship programs and quality management systems for the full life cycle of agricultural technology products.

We (1) assist member companies in the implementation (or improvement) of stewardship programs and quality management systems and (2) then facilitate independent 3rd party audits to verify them.

Our Mission

To promote the responsible management of plant biotechnology, primarily by developing and encouraging implementation of product stewardship practices and by educating the public about those practices.


1.  Principles and management practices for the responsible global management (handling, governance, oversight, etc.) of agricultural technology.


2.  Guides and technical resources to understand and implement stewardship and quality management systems.


3.  A Global Stewardship Audit Process that involves members contracting for independent third-party audits of their operations to verify that stewardship programs and quality management systems are in place.

Designed to Accommodate any Size, Scope or Type of Operation

The program is flexible enough to work for organizations of any size, scope or areas of operation. The program has been successfully implemented by large multinational corporations with hundreds of sites around the world as well as by small organizations with fewer than a dozen employees focusing on only one phase of the life cycle. ETS staff will work with you to help determine the path that will work for your particular organization. Feel free to contact us.

Applicable to any Biotech Seed or Plant Product

The scope of ETS is seed and plant biotechnology.  Our many resources have the flexibility to be adaptable to any type of product. This includes a wide variety of traditional row crops, specialty crops including fruits and vegetables, plants designed for use as energy products, grasses and even trees designed to promote sustainable forestry.

Implementation is Effective Under any Regulatory Authority

The ETS program is designed to appropriately promote stewardship and quality management regardless of the geographic location of an operation or activity and the regulatory authority under which you may be operating. Compliance with regulations is an overriding goal of the program and it is designed to assist members in meeting the particular set of regulations that are applicable to their operations by encouraging the development and implementation of standard operating procedures, product traceability, documentation and training.

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