Vision, Mission and Core Values

Vision, Mission and Core Values

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is a USDA-accredited organic certifying agency that educates and certifies growers, processors and handlers of organic crops, wild crops, livestock and livestock products in Pennsylvania and the contiguous United States.

PCO’s Vision:

All communities are enriched through organic food and farming

PCO’s Mission:

To ensure the integrity of organic products and serve our farming community.

PCO’s Core Values:

Our core values serve as a guide for how PCO works and makes decisions every day. Through our Core Values we recognize the interdependent relationships between all our stakeholders: certified clients, supporters and members, PCO staff and contractors, partner organizations, and the community and environment.

We keep people at the center of every action, interaction, and decision. We value employees who:

  • Care intensely about our stakeholders and their ability to succeed.
  • Show deep respect for human beings inside and outside our company and for the communities in which they live.
  • Listen well and seek to understand before reacting.
  • Are empowered to provide proactive solutions.
  • Communicate in a clear and timely manner.

We promote restorative practices that improve the world for future generations. We value employees who:

  • Provide sensible enforcement and understand how that impacts people, the environment, and the organic industry.
  • Create a network of support by connecting stakeholders to resources.
  • Are an advocate for PCO and the industry – building trust in organics from the inside out.

Embrace transparency and integrity in all our work. We value employees who:

  • Embrace humility, own mistakes, and honor commitments.
  • Actively welcome and give constructive feedback.
  • Foster a participatory workplace through inclusive discussion and decision making.

At PCO we strive to promote a work culture that promotes caring, purpose, and results.