Sustainability In Production
Syngenta Flowers produces quality seeds, cuttings and young plants using sustainable and responsible production methods at all its supply sites worldwide. It has achieved GLOBALG.A.P./ GRASP on many of its supply sites and is working towards 100%
Every year we produce millions of flowers as seeds, cuttings, young plants or finished plants. Our value chain covers the globe through a network of 32 farms, of which we own one-third. So far, we’ve achieved certification in Global Good Agricultural Practice through GLOBALG.A.P. at many locations in our network producing seeds and cuttings, and at rooting stations and young plant operations. The rest of the farms in our network will follow soon.
Independent certification by GLOBALG.A.P. means our farms are recognized as safe, sustainable, reliable and environmentally efficient. Standards cover the entire production process from management of our sites, to caring for growing material, dealing responsibly with pests, treating waste and water appropriately, minimizing environmental impacts, and the traceability of our plants.
For consumers, these standards give confidence that they are buying plants from producers who are looking after tomorrow by producing responsibly and ethically today. For retailers and distributors, the standards bring peace of mind about plant quality, people and the environment. Healthy, reliable plants support profitability.
In addition to GLOBALG.A.P., we are also protecting the 2 000 workers at our sites by achieving certification covering their health, safety, education and welfare through GRASP (GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practices).
How are we doing it?
We have created a global network of farm leaders – one team focused on helping each other. The process begins with self-assessments and advice from an auditor. Individual farms then make the necessary improvements and independent auditors carry out the final assessment. Farms benefit in many ways: increased training in health and safety or farming techniques; programs that minimize environmental impacts and reduce inputs like water; and improvements for workers such as a canteen on site and nursery care for workers’ children.
What are GLOBALG.A.P. and GRASP?
The GLOBALG.A.P organization is not-for-profit, has a global reach and offers international accreditation that allows us to work with a number of retailers. It is based upon a scientific approach, and takes into account the perspectives of producers, retailers and industry practice. This makes its standards relevant and ‘living’. Its programs include training for smallholders and GRASP standards are very close to those of the Fair Labor Association.