In December 2021, the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI), the Sustainability Initiative Fruits and Vegetables (SIFAV) and the Sustainable Juice Covenant (SJC), with support from IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative, announced that starting in 2023, the three initiatives and their respective members will solely accept audits and verifications from third-party social sustainability standards that have been benchmarked and recognised by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI)

The FSI, SIFAV, and SJC are platforms with the purpose of convening sustainability agendas within the flower, fruit and vegetable and juice value chains and collectively consist of nearly 120 businesses and civil society organisations.

Together, all three initiatives and their members are committed to implementing third-party independent social sustainability verification from the following schemes (according to scope, geographic location, and content): Rainforest Alliance Certificate, Fairtrade Hired Labour, BSCI Amfori Code of Conduct, SMETA/ETI Base Code, SIZA, SA8000 Standard, Florverde Sustainable Flowers Standard, Kenya Flower Council Silver Standard, EPHEA Code of Practice, Sustainably Grown, and Fair For Life. 

The announcement was shared with these standards in a letter signed by the respective chairs of the FSI, SIFAV, and SJC Steering Committees – Tony Bruggink, Stefanie Vermaesen, and Ted van de Put – on behalf of the nearly 120 companies and organisations that are members of the FSI, SIFAV and/or SJC (for a complete list of members, see below).

The SSCI wishes to express its gratitude to the FSI, SIFAV, and SJC for helping encourage the application of schemes for benchmarking, and welcomes these standards to start the SSCI Benchmark process under one or more of the SSCI’s three benchmarking scopes (Manufacturing and Processing, Primary Production, and At-Sea Operations). 

Schemes can learn more about the SSCI Benchmark process and download the application materials here, and are invited to reach out to the SSCI team at

The members of FSI, SIFAV, and/or SJC are: Adomex, Afriflora, Agrumiguel, Ahold, AIPH, Albert Heijn, Aldi, Ancef, Anthura, Asica, Asocoflores, Austria Juice, Bakker Barendrecht, Bakker Belgium, Ball Horticultural, Bayer, BerryWorld, BGI, Blomster Landet, Bloomon, Blomsterbranschens Riskorganisation, BSR – her project, Chrysal, Circular, Citromax, Citrosuco, Colruyt Group, Containercentralen, Dekker Chrystanten, Delhaize, Döhler, Dudutech, Dummen Orange, Dutch Flower Group, Eckes Granini, EHPEA, Elbe Fruit, Eosta, Euroflorist, Expoflores, Fair-Fruit International, Fairtrade, Fermenich, Fleurop-Interflora, Floral Trade Group, Floralife, Flamingo, Floricultura, Flower trade consult, Florensis, Flowerwatch, FM Group, Freddie’s Flowers, Fresco Flowers, Fresh Solutions GmbH, Frutco, FV Seleqt, Fyffes B.V., Gasa Group, Glastuinbouw Nederland, Global G.A.P., Greenhouses Mester, Greenyard, Greenyard Fresh, Germany GmbH Greenyard Belgium, Groenland, GroentenFruithuis, Gronn, Hillfresh, Hilverda De Boer, Holla Roses, Hoorn Bloom, HPW AG, Ikea, Jaguar the fresh company, Jumbo, Kamps Sperziebonen, Kenya Flower Council, Koppert, Kuehne Nagel, L&M Groep, La Moraleja, Levarht B.V., Marginpar, Metrolina, MPS, Nature’s Pride, Noviflora, Orchidee Nederlander, Partner Africa, Pfitzer, Pflanzen Kölle, Plantasjen, Rabobank, Rainforest Alliance, Refresco, Riedel, Royal Flora Holland, Royal Lemkes, SALM, Solidaridad, Solidaridad Special Fruit, Superunie, Sustainably Grown / SCS Global Services, SVZ, Syngenta, The Greenery, Toom, Tuinbranche Nederland, Union Fleurs, Van Oers United, Van Vliet, Verbruggen Juice Trading Sustainable Products bv., Verdel, VGB, WBE, Women Win, WWF, Yex, and Zentoo.

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