In the last few decades, the fast expansion of the floriculture sector has led to significant economic growth and prosperity in production countries. At the same time, the sector is confronted to a number of sustainability challenges, on which members of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative are working together to drive change and improve practices.
The flowers and plants sector focuses on five issues:
IDH supported the establishment of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI), a global, multi-stakeholder platform, that unites over 35 global key players. FSI members are fully committed to their ambition of having 90% flowers and plants from responsible sources by 2020.
We convened a group of 30 leading industry players and together with these partners built a joint governance model and business plan for the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative. This resulted in the development of a shared vision, reversing fragmentation due to multiple standards, avoiding duplication of costs, and creating a structure that can help tackle current and future sustainability issues.
The initiative also builds an international and pre-competitive cooperation of key players, both from the private sector and civil society, aiming to increase levels of sustainability in the floriculture industry.
The last two years, IDH co-funded ten impact projects on the key topics that were coordinated and implemented by the FSI partners. Please find below some of the main results of the projects related to the key topics:
For more projects see www.fsi2020.pro.
In the last months, the project partners and FSI members have been working together to finalise the measuring protocol and get some first experiences on gathering the data.
The floriculture Sustainability Initiative is working together towards a healthy, vital and sustainable floricultural sector.
90% of flowers and plants from responsible sources by 2020