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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Environmental certification
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.

Social certification
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:

Florensis certifications
you can find online all certificates of Florensis.