Demonstrate leadership in sustainability, reduce production costs and uniquely position your product with the "gold" standard in sustainability certification for cut flowers and ornamental plants. Veriflora certified companies include floriculture and horticulture industry leaders on the cutting edge of environmental innovation, social responsibility, and quality performance. Together, these growers, distributors, input material suppliers and retailers are committed to creating a sustainable value chain.
Developed by SCS Global Services with industry, environmental and social advocacy stakeholder involvement, Veriflora certification delivers tangible results that benefit you whether you are a grower, handler, or retailer. The Veriflora label helps you increase customer acceptance and build brand loyalty.
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Veriflora certification represents true environmental, social and quality leadership for flowers and plants along the entire sustainable value chain.
The Veriflora program works with the entire Sustainable Value Chain:
The Veriflora standard's environmental criteria address pesticide use, waste management, water resource protection, energy conservation, and a verifiable commitment to continuous improvement. Its rigorous social criteria ensure that workers are well treated, paid fairly, sufficiently trained, and operate in a safe environment. Finally, its quality management criteria help to ensure that delivered products last longer.
SCS is accredited under ISO/IEC Guide 65, the international standard for third-party certifiers, to conduct Veriflora certification.
Apply for Certification
Submit your application. You receive the SCS Assessment Services Agreement. Complete, sign, and return.
Authorize a Work Order
We prepare a work order that includes the scope, costs and details of the audit. Once you authorize the work order, we schedule your evaluation audit. This scope may be expanded based on findings in step 3.
You complete a Self-Assessment Checklist (SAC). We review your checklist and supporting documentation to help you identify gaps in conformance and areas for improvement.
The audit includes an on-site inspection, document review, evidence gathering, and interviews with office and management staff, and employees. Typically 1 to 1.5 days per site.
SCS sends you the final audit report. The timeframe for responding to the audit findings begins on the date the report is sent.
Corrective Action Plan
You develop a corrective action plan (CAP) to respond to any non-conformities, listing corrective and preventative actions and evidence of implementation.
SCS reviews the audit report, your CAP and evidence submitted, then renders a certification decision. Successful applicants receive the applicable Veriflora® certification mark (with your unique registration number), a certificate valid for three years, and logo use guidelines.
Annual surveillance audits are required to maintain certification status.
Veriflora® is a sustainability certification program for fresh cut flowers, ornamental plants, handlers, input materials, and retailers. It is recognized as the gold standard among horticultural and floriculture sustainability certifications. The Veriflora labeling program allows consumers and bulk buyers alike to trace the chain of custody from farm to final bouquet or pot.
The Veriflora program delivers products backed by true agricultural sustainability.. Producers are required to put practices in place throughout the production, management, and distribution processes that guarantee improved:
Cut flowers, flowering plants, container-grown ornamentals, vegetable starts, and plugs and liners. Food crops receive our Veriflora Sustainably Grown certification label. Veriflora includes specific certification criteria for Handlers and Responsibly Managed Peatlands. In addition, Veriflora verifies environmentally preferable input materials, and has a Preferred Retailer program, which currently includes ShopKo, Organic Bouquet, and others.
Fees are determined based upon size and complexity of the operation. Auditor fees are calculated on a per diem basis, plus travel time and expenses; administrative fees are determined by the number of sites audited.
Certification is granted for a three-year period, with annual surveillance audits to confirm continued compliance with the Veriflora requirements.
Growers must provide the following documentation (among others) prior to certification, and then again annually in support of their surveillance audits: Crop production area and annual yield, by product; Agrochemical use; Water use; Energy use; Waste disposal and recycling records; Agrochemical use; and Composting records.
Certification is achieved through implementation of corrective actions in response to any non-conformities issued in the audit report. The certification decision is rendered by SCS after review of a self-assessment workbook, the audit report, and corrective actions and evidence submitted.
One of the major goals of the Veriflora standard is to identify and encourage sustainable production practices, and to stimulate continuing improvement and innovation in agricultural production practices. Participants establish and work toward improvement goals as part of the certification process.
Yes. Veriflora specifically prohibits the use of any synthetic or botanical pesticides which pose a risk to workers in the agricultural production operation and have been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as extremely hazardous or highly hazardous (Class 1a and 1b).
For all remaining pesticides that are not classified as WHO Class 1a or 1b, phase-out is required for pesticides that:
A specific list of pesticides not permitted for use is found in the Veriflora Sector Specific Annex: Cut Flowers.
Yes, synthetic or botanical pesticides as described in the previous FAQ, as well as any genetically modified organism (GMO) planting materials, are prohibited.
Veriflora certification is a good fit for growers who wish to incorporate the highest level of sustainable agriculture practices into their business, and to have those practices validated and recognized.
Veriflora was established to serve as the gold standard among horticulture and floriculture standards. Independent rankings by organizations such as SAI have backed this up. The Veriflora standard requires that the grower incorporate environmentally beneficial practices at all levels of production, maintain a high level of product quality, and provide worker and community benefits.
Veriflora plants and flowers are among the most recognized by major retailers. They are preferred by major retailers across North America. Consumers prefer Veriflora labeled flowers and plants because they understand they are purchasing product from the producers making the most difference in the environmental, quality, and social sustainability arenas.