The entire floriculture chain will benefit from more transparency. That’s something most stakeholders seem to agree on, based on the agreements made in the context of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI). One way to achieve it, is through environmental registration and certification. But should this be made compulsory? Yes, according to Royal FloraHolland. The coronavirus crisis hasn’t changed or delayed their course.
Entrepreneurs don’t like mandatory rules. Many farmers and growers believe that the number of laws and legislations is out of control, and they feel that it’s getting in the way of their ‘free’ profession. Presenting them with additional requirements on top of the existing legislations can lead to quite some protest. And that’s also the case for the environmental registration and certification introduced by Royal FloraHolland.
It’s one of the projects that Sustainability Manager Stefanie Miltenburg is responsible for, together with the Sustainability Leading Team. This team includes several growers, some of which are on the Members’ Council as well.
Miltenburg says buyers need reliable information, which can be provided by environmental registration. Digitally and controlled that is, in the form of an environmental certificate. “An environmental certificate provides the transparency that the market demands”, according to the sustainability manager. (..)
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