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Sustainably Grown

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Sustainably Grown
Certifying Leaders in Sustainable Agriculture

Gain market visibility for your sustainable agriculture accomplishments. Sustainably Grown is a certification program for agricultural producers around the world, large and small, providing a detailed roadmap to satisfy the emerging market for sustainably produced crops. Certified producers are leaders in environmental protection, social responsibility, and economic sustainability. Sustainably Grown is ANSI-accredited under ISO 14024, aligned with the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), and recognized by the Sustainably Trade Initiative (IDH) and major brands.

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Program Details

As of January 1, 2017, the certification program requires conformance with Version 2.1 of the Sustainably Grown Standard, which provides a comprehensive framework and common set of requirements grouped into three categories: General, Environmental, Social, and Economic. Agricultural crops of all types and production systems of all sizes are eligible. Our global network of auditors can complete assessments anywhere in the world.

V2.1 was developed in accordance with SCS’ Standards Development Procedure, which emphasizes stakeholder input and transparency. This updated version incorporates the latest best practices in responsible agricultural production and is aligned with other industry-level initiatives, including:

  •   The Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) Reference Code
  •   American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture (ANSI/Leo-4000)
  •   ISO 14024 Type 1 Environmental Labeling


Certification Process
  1. Apply for certification
    Fill out the SCS application form and sign the SCS Assessment Services Agreement.

  2. Approve the work order
    SCS generates a work order describing the audit scope and costs. Your approval sets the process in motion.

  3. Complete a self-assessment
    Complete a Self-Assessment Checklist to help prepare you for the audit. SCS reviews your checklist and supporting documentation to help you identify gaps in conformance and areas for improvement.

  4. Receive an evaluation audit
    The SCS auditor conducts an on-site audit, which includes an opening meeting, physical inspection of the site, review of documents and records, interviews with personnel, and a closing meeting

  5. Review and respond to audit findings
    The auditor prepares and delivers a detailed audit report. You prepare a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to respond to any non-conformities noted, listing corrective actions and evidence of implementation.

  6. Earn certification
    The independent SCS assessor reviews the audit report and CAP, and then makes the certification decision. If certification is granted, you are issued a formal certificate, along with the SCS Kingfisher certification mark and logo use guidelines.

Benefits for Producers
  1. Communicate your environmental, social, and economic sustainability successes 
  2. Increase access to markets
  3. Differentiate your products from the competition
  4. Reinforce your brand value 
  5. Reduce costs and audit fatigue by combining food safety and sustainability audits
  6. Establish a clear internal path for continuous improvement 
  7. Profit from operational improvements
  8. Align with international farm labor best practices 
  9. Reinforce employee morale and reduce turn-over 
  10. Enjoy benefits of independent recognition regardless of operation size or location 
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Lesley Sykes
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