Florverde® Sustainable Flower Achieves SSCI Recognition

Apr 12, 2024 8:00 AM ET
A photo of different coloured flowers with a white box and green text that reads "Florverde Sustainable Flowers"

PARIS, April 12, 2024 /3BL/ - The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) is pleased to announce that Florverde® Sustainable Flowers (FSF) has successfully completed the SSCI Benchmarking process and achieved SSCI Recognition. FSF has successfully benchmarked against the SSCI Benchmarking Requirements for the Primary Production scope. In achieving SSCI Recognition, FSF demonstrates leadership in the effort to build credibility among sustainability standards worldwide.

FSF is an independent social and environmental standard which ensures that flowers certified under this scheme have been responsibly produced. This requires flower growers to adopt measures that will protect and enable worker’s rights, implement best environmental practices, and comply with national regulations. FSF also helps safeguard quality by requiring the proper care and handling of flowers.

Daniela España, Director of Florverde® Sustainable Flowers, said “I am deeply honoured and inspired by our journey toward achieving recognition from the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI). Our dedication to sustainability and ethical practices has always been at the core of everything we do. This recognition not only validates our efforts but also fuels our passion to continue striving for excellence and positive impact. By closely aligning with recognized certification bodies and global standards, we are not only reducing costs and streamlining processes but also covering the way for a more sustainable future for the entire flower industry. Together, with our partners and stakeholders, we are shaping a world where ethical labour practices and environmental stewardship are not just aspirations, but realities. This recognition is not the end of our journey but rather a milestone that drives us forward with renewed energy and determination to make a meaningful difference in the world.”

As it ‘verifies the verifiers,’ the SSCI awards an additional, yet essential, layer of trust to sustainability standards that demonstrate alignment with the SSCI Benchmark Criteria and achieve SSCI Recognition. As SSCI-Recognised standards, third-party auditing, monitoring, and certification schemes and programmes signal a strong commitment to raising the bar in their certification processes and driving harmonisation in a diverse field of sustainability standards, while at the same time remain free to innovate their approaches to ensure sustainability in a dynamic way. Today’s announcement demonstrates that FSF meets the industry’s expectations and FSF is now fully recognised by the SSCI.

Learn More and Apply

Third-party auditing and monitoring schemes and programs are invited to apply for SSCI recognition and demonstrate their commitment to industry-defined expectations for social responsibility. Learn more about the SSCI Benchmark and download the application kits at benchmark.tcgfssci.com.

For more information about the SSCI, please visit www.tcgfssci.com or contact the SSCI team at ssci@theconsumergoodsforum.com

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About the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) builds trust in sustainability standards worldwide by benchmarking third-party auditing and certification programs and recognizing schemes that meet industry expectations. By providing an open-source list of recognized programs, the SSCI delivers clear guidance on which schemes cover key sustainability criteria and apply relevant verification practices. The SSCI improves transparency in the market, facilitates decision-making on schemes at both buyer and supplier level and sets the responsible sourcing expectations for the industry. The Initiative initially focuses on social compliance with the potential to expand the scope to environmental compliance. For more information, visit www.tcgfssci.com.

About The Consumer Goods Forum 
The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 55 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

For more info, please contact:

Luiza Reguse 
Senior Manager, SSCI 
The Consumer Goods Forum