FSI is the leading initiative for making the international horticultural chain sustainable and has a concrete goal: in 2020, 90% of the flowers and plants grown or traded by the members is sustainable. What does this mean for you?
Consumers' demands for fair, reliable and sustainably produced flowers and plants keep increasing. Retailers, including the major international supermarkets, garden centres, DIY stores and e-commerce companies, are imposing more requirements in terms of sustainability.
The members of FSI have agreed that 'sustainable cultivation' means fulfilling the requirements for a sustainability certificate. For most growers, this translates into obtaining a MPS-GAP or GlobalG.A.P. certificate. Would you like to know what sustainable cultivation means for your company? We'd be happy to assist you.
At the IPM in Essen we and our trade partners will be discussing sustainable production. You are welcome to approach us there at any time.
Results in 2017
In June 2017 Dutch Flower Group, Royal FloraHolland, Royal Lemkes, Waterdrinker and FleuraMetz signed the 'Accelerate Sustainability and Transparency Together' manifest. We have jointly organised several growers' meetings.
We are very satisfied with the results achieved after organising the meetings:
MPS-GAP: 30 growers received their certificate and another 20 growers are working towards achieving certification.
MPS-ABC: 45 growers applied for this environmental registration.
Where do we go from here in 2018?
This successful partnership with growers and the trade will continue in 2018. At the growers' meetings, we shall continue to actively stimulate certification. At the IPM Essen we plan to actively approach growers to encourage them to get started on obtaining their sustainability certificate. At the FSI members' meeting, which takes place at IPM Essen, we shall share the experiences, results and follow-up steps of our partnership.