IPM ESSEN served as the location for the official kick-off of the FSI program. From the commitment and energy of over 25 key stakeholders in the flower sector the ambition is to have 90% of the internationally traded flowers and pot plants by FSI members sustainably produced by 2020.
The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) aims at creating mainstream sustainability in the floriculture sector by creating an international, sector supported vision on sustainability and to align global and local interests in the sector in a pre-competitive way.
“90% of internationally traded flowers and pot plants by FSI members sustainably produced by 2020.”
- Increase the demand for sustainable flowers and lower costs by providing transparency and comparability of the sustainability standards in floriculture and to have an opinion about the level of sustainability of these standards using the FSI Equivalency Tool as an instrument.
- Prepare for the future by addressing sustainability issues in a pre-competitive way through the development of tools and best practices regarding future topics like access to finance, CO2 reduction, human rights, water use reduction, government engagement, waste reduction, use of pesticides and energy reduction. Specific topics can be addressed, and best practices for these topics will eventually raise the sustainability level in the sector by adding them to the FSI Equivalency Tool.
- Create change on the ground by taking joint action on the implementation of impact projects, through coordination of the actions, and the fundraising.
- Improve the reputation of the sector by enabling joint communications about sustainability initiatives from the sector as a whole. This information spreading will lead to more awareness in the sector and can enhance cooperation for sustainability in the flower sector.
Click below to watch the president of Union Fleurs, Lennart Loven, introduce the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative in a message recorded at the FSI Launch Event at IPM Essen, Germany: