In December 2022, SCS published Version 3.0 of the Certification Standard for Sustainably Grown Agricultural Crops, which provides a comprehensive framework and common set of requirements grouped into three categories: Business Integrity, Sustainable Farming Practices, and Ethical Stewardship.
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.
Companies are eligible to make the “Sustainably Grown” claim for their Certified Production Operations in accordance with SCS procedures, and in addition, may make the complementary claims:
- Farmworker Protection
- Water Conservation
- Soil Conservation
- Biodiversity Protection
- Pollinator Friendly
- Climate Neutral*
(*once phase-in requirements are fulfilled)
Producers can take their commitment to sustainability even further, opting to meet additional requirements that allow them to achieve recognition under one or more of the following cutting-edge Trailblazer categories:
- Living Wage
- Regenerative Agriculture
- Farmworker Empowerment
- Community Development
- Biodiversity Champion
Version 3.0 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.
Customized, non-certification conformance assessments are also available for business-to-business recognition opportunities.