Thinking and acting sustainably
As in other sectors, growing responsibly is becoming increasingly important in ornamental horticulture as well. Prominent themes are the use of crop protectants, growth regulators, water, energy and working conditions. Although we didn’t call it that at the time, thinking and acting sustainably has been our guiding principle ever since the company was founded in 1941.
Leo Hoogendoorn (CEO): “As Florensis, we greatly value responsible business operations with consideration for people and the environment, and we see this as a prerequisite for growth. We collaborate with other parties in the area of sustainability, given that it is the ultimate goal of everyone in the supply chain.”
To become more sustainable, our practical approach is based on contributing to the following six United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
3 Good health and well-being
4 Quality education
5 Gender equality
6 Clean water and sanitation
12 Responsible consumption and production
13 Climate action
We have also formulated two concrete sustainability goals for 2025: (further) reducing the use of chemical crop protectants by 30 percent and reducing CO2 emissions by 25 percent by 2025.
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All our production locations are certified according to the internationally recognised MPS-A (Milieu Programma Sierteelt) standard. This is the highest certification level in flower and plant production and covers the aspects of crop protectants, fertilisers, energy, water and waste. Neonicotinoids are banned from our production locations; instead, we use biological crop protection.
Our propagation locations in Ethiopia and Kenya are MPS Socially Qualified (SQ) or KFC (Kenya Flower Council) Silver certified. This certification indicates that our cuttings are produced under good working conditions.
We are deeply engaged in our local communities. In and around our propagation locations in Africa we have introduced improvements in health, welfare and education for local communities. The initiatives vary from building schools to vaccination programmes and the provision of clean drinking water facilities.
Be inspired by our various projects and initiatives:
- Fish and clean drinking water, Kenya
- Herman Hamer OVC center in Koka, Ethiopia (care of orphans)
- Drinking water for Shulki Village Koka, Ethiopia
- Smiles for Change, Kenya
- Restoration Riparian Land, Kenya
- Sustainable water management, Ethiopia
- Happy mothers, Kenya
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, Ethiopia
- Our wetlands in full production, Ethiopia
- Florensis day-care and education center, Kenya
- Jogo Forest and Coffee house, Ethiopia
- Supporting Animal Rights Reserved, Kenya
Here you can find online all certificates of Florensis.