Meet rising industry and consumer expectations for transparency regarding your peat moss production practices. SCS’ Responsibly Managed Peatlands program is the world’s leading differentiator of peat moss products. Certification strengthens your position in the marketplace, providing assurance to your customers that producers of this valuable resource are working to preserve it for future generations. Certified companies operate in a way that reduces stress on the environment and improves the welfare of workers and nearby communities.
The goals of the Responsibly Managed Peatlands program are to:
The certification program applies to all processes and inputs under the certified operation’s management related to the harvesting and handling of peat moss, including facilities involved in the screening of peat materials and creation of peat mixes. The program assesses responsible peatland management practices that span bog opening, harvesting, and restoration or rehabilitation activities that occur after bog closing. Peat moss production systems of all sizes, located around the globe, are eligible.
The requirements of the Responsibly Managed Peatlands program have been developed in accordance with SCS’ Standards Development Procedure, which emphasizes stakeholder input and transparency. The Responsibly Managed Peatlands program was developed in 2012, in collaboration with the CSPMA and APTHQ* in Canada, U.S. and Canadian government representatives, university experts and peat moss producers and blenders. Four years later, SCS initiated a standard revision process to update the standard and incorporate the latest science and industry best practices.
On August 7, 2017 SCS published a new version of the Responsibly Managed Peatlands requirements, in the form of a standalone standard, the Responsibly Managed Peatlands Standard Version 1.0. Operations have the option of conforming under this new version or the previous version, the Veriflora® Responsible Horticultural Peat Moss Production Annex, until January 1, 2018, after which conformance to the Responsibly Managed Peatlands Standard Version 1.0 is required. Certified operations may communicate their commitment to responsible peatland management directly on product through use of the SCS Kingfisher Mark.
*Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) and L’Association des producteurs de tourbe horticole du Québec (APTHQ)
SCS provides additional services to peat moss operations, including carbon footprint certification and Life Cycle Assessment. Veriflora® Sustainably Grown certification is available for responsibly produced cut flowers and ornamental plant operations and presents an opportunity for stakeholders to demonstrate commitment to the entire horticultural supply chain through support of both the Veriflora® Sustainably Grown and Responsibly Managed Peatlands programs.
The certification process involves detailed on-site inspections, document and record review, worker and management interviews, and annual follow-up. Certificates are issued for three years.