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Sustainably Grown

Certification Program

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Join the growing body of agricultural producers, grocery retailers, and food and beverage companies that use Sustainably Grown to recognize innovation in sustainability, map risk in supply chains, and identify opportunities to improve practices. Sustainably Grown is a detailed framework that is applied to agricultural operations around the world, large and small, providing a roadmap to satisfy the emerging market for environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Opting for an independent assessment by a neutral third-party allows for the use of a straightforward claim – Sustainably Grown – to appeal to buyers and consumers.


The Sustainably Grown framework is consistently ranked among the highest standards in independent surveys and is aligned with leading US and European standards and initiatives. The certification program is accredited by ANSI, aligned with the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), and recognized by Unilever, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), and major brands, as part of their sustainable sourcing policies. Fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, grains, and other crops have been certified in countries on four continents.

Complementary Services
Sustainably Grown combines easily with food safety audits to allow for streamlining and the reduction of audit fatigue and costs. Take advantage of combined GLOBALG.A.P. and Sustainably Grown certification and SCS’ full suite of other food and agriculture services.

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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. Customized, non-certification conformance assessments are also available for business-to-business recognition opportunities. 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

 

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