Floriculture Sustainability Initiative

The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative unites sector front-runners in the supply chain with the ambition to obtain 90% sustainable flowers and plants by 2020. The flower and plant industry is facing a number of sustainability challenges such as water use and contamination, pesticide use, working conditions and the lack of transparency in the supply chain.
what is FSI

The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) brings together over 30 international front-runners in the floriculture supply-chain in order to drive change on the ground and improve practices through different impact projects and interventions.



The key to unlocking a move towards a mainstream sustainable floriculture sector is the development of a shared vision, reverse the fragmentation of standards and thus inefficiencies, and to create a structure where current and future sustainability issues can be tackled on a sector level: growers, traders, retailers, standards, civil society organizations and governments join forces within FSI to accelerate sustainable volumes and create impact on key topics.

Key Issues

The network of FSI members focus on the following issues to improve practices:

Worker’s conditions

Improving working conditions at farm level is a key aspect to enhance the sustainability of supply chains. This may include issues such as decent wages, nutrition, gender equality, housing, health & safety, and sanitation.

Agrochemical use

The lack of responsible agricultural practices poses potential reputational risks in the supply chain of non-safe or contaminated floricultural products. Residues and the wrong application of agrochemicals on farms cause severe health and safety issues.


Responsible use of natural resources and the reduction of COemissions within the supply chain are areas in which the industry can make improvements. This includes energy use, water, transport and waste among others.


Farm productivity is often low for smallholder farmers due to lack of good agricultural practices, lack of inputs and lack of financing. By including small holders in regional and international supply chains this can be changed for the better.

Framework for improvement

Benchmarking Standards

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The great variety of standards and certifications in the floriculture sector contributes to higher levels of sustainability, but can also create transparency issues, less comparability and increase costs. Floriculture standards are benchmarked against international references and legislation. The FSI Basket of Standards reflects those Standards and Schemes that have successfully passed the benchmark.

Measuring Volumes

The percentage of sustainably sourced flowers and plants by FSI members is measured and monitored by an independent third-party. Annual progress towards the 90% target is communicated.

Improve Practices

The network of FSI members engage in field projects to tackle issues and create shared solutions that lead to scalable impacts on sustainability topics. A FSI project overview can be found here

Why Participate?

FSI gathers leaders and front-runners in the floriculture industry. Working together with other players in the supply chain, members of FSI are able to combine their efforts towards the same ambition and gain in clarity, return and credibility. Other benefits are:

Why participate

Current members include:

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How to apply?

Fill out the FSI Membership Application Form and send it to info@fsi2020.com

Please find the Membership rules and fees here.

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Jeroen Oudheusden

Executive Officer FSI

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Caroline Le Grand

Communications Officer FSI

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Tony Bruggink

Program Director

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Bas van den Brink

Senior Program Manager

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FSI Factsheet Factsheet 2016
FSI Booklet Factsheet 2016

Obtain 90% of flowers and plants from responsible sources by 2020

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