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.
Regina Dinkla (Manager Sustainability & Corporate Communications): “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 six United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.
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.
Fish and clean drinking water
Clean and safe drinking water is important for everyone. Because of the high fluoride concentration in the spring water…Read more
Herman Hamer OVC Center
Florensis has two production companies in the horticultural site near Koka, 95 km south of Addis Ababa…Read more
Drinking water for Shulki Village
Right next to Florensis Ethiopia in Koka lies the village Shulki, which consists of around 60 families…Read more
Smiles for Change
Since our establishment in 1999, Florensis Kenya has been keen on collaborating with other businesses and local institutions to promote good practices…Read more
Restoration Riparian Land
Florensis Kenya is located on the shores of the beautiful and ecologically Lake Naivasha…Read more
Sustainable water management
Our production location in Koka, Ethiopia has invested heavily in a number of water management solutions...Read more
Happy new mothers
In Kenya it is not common for most new mothers to pump with a breast pump...Read more
Integrated Pest Management
In our IPM program at Florensis Ethiopia we use beneficial insects...Read more
Our wetlands in full production
Since more than two years now we are operating our constructed wetland at Florensis Abyssinia in Ejersa...Read more
Florensis day-care and education
Among the steps taken to create a conducive environment for our employees at Florensis Kenya, is the running of a day-care...Read more
Jogo Forest and coffee house
Already before carbon emission became such a big thing, Florensis started around 2011 the Jogo rehabilitation...Read more
Supporting Animal Rights
Animal Rights Reserved (ARR) charity is a family endeavour born in 2010 founded by Margaret Zak...Read more
All our production locations are certified according to the internationally recognised MPS-ABC program in flower and plant production, in which we strive for the (higher) MPS-A qualification. This Milieu Programma Sierteelt 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), KFC (Kenya Flower Council) Silver or EPHEA Gold certified. These certifications indicate that our cuttings are produced under good working conditions.