The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) is a market-driven initiative that brings together members of the international floriculture sector. Towards 2025, FSI members will continue to build on the progress made on transparency, responsible production and trade, positive impact and improvement in the floriculture supply chain.
Since 2013 the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative has enabled exchange between leading organizations and businesses in the floriculture sector on sustainability, helping them to progress on this important agenda.
In continuity with what has been the members focus since the start, the FSI2025 ambition is centred around three pillars – responsible production & trade, responsible conduct and integrated reporting – plus the FSI governance framework, providing a comprehensive approach to supply chain sustainability.
Basket of Standards
FSI’s ‘Basket of Standards’ is becoming increasingly important for retail, for example. Retailers often do not have the time to delve into the bulk of sustainability labels. That is why FSI has been benchmarked with Good Agricultural Practice and Good Social Practice since 2013. The standards that came through this positively are included in the FSI Basket of Standards. A third basket has been added since the beginning of 2021: Good Environmental Practices. Of course, MPS has met the requirements of FSI since the beginning with MPS-GAP and MPS-SQ and MPS-ABC is one of the few standards that has already been accepted with regard to the new basket of Good Environmental Practices.
We are of course very proud to be one of the first standards to be benchmarked with the latest requirements and to be one of the few standards to be represented in all three FSI baskets. We look forward to a transparent and sustainable further cooperation!
Chain Transparency Project
Besides the fact that we are represented in all three ‘baskets’ of FSI, we also work together with FSI on various innovative projects to make the entire sector more sustainable. These projects also include the ‘Chain Transparency Project’, which you can read more about below.
In order to reduce the use of crop protection agents in the floriculture chain, it is very important that growers throughout the chain communicate with each other about the agents used, from cutting to end product. This is evident from the Chain Transparency Project that was carried out by MPS together with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and members of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI). Tomorrow (28 January 2021) MPS will launch the webpage on which the results of this project can be found.
Flowers and plants are produced and sold all over the world. The products go through an international supply chain, starting from cutting to the stage where the roots grow and finally to the grower who produces the final product. Crop protection agents are used throughout this global supply chain and growers are not always fully aware of which product has been used previously in the chain. The Chain Transparency Project aimed to create awareness about this.
Decrease in environmental impact
During the Chain Transparency Project 2.0, seven products from Floricultura, Anthura, VD Salm and Dümmen Orange were followed between 2017 and 2019. The communication about the use of crop protection agents between the links in the floriculture chain resulted in transparency and awareness about the products used throughout the floriculture chain. As a result, the links in the chain coordinated substance use.
This resulted in significantly fewer resources (45 percent), which reduced the environmental impact. Crop protections agents with a high potential risk for the environment were even used 64 percent less. The average reduction in the use of crop protection agents resulted in a decrease in the environmental impact of 47 percent per hectare on which the products were used.
Dutch Flower Group, Koppert Biologicals, Tuinbranche Nederland, Flower Trade Consult, Waterdrinker, Royal Lemkes, Royal FloraHolland, Greenyard and Van Dijk Flora have reviewed the results twice a year and provided their input and feedback. In addition, this reference group has financially supported the project.
Media about our joint projects
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