The certification program currently requires conformance with the Veriflora® Sustainably Grown Standard, which provides a comprehensive framework and common set of requirements grouped into three categories – Environmental Sustainability, Social & Economic Sustainability, and Product Integrity. Ornamental horticulture products of all types and production systems of all sizes are eligible. Our global network of auditors can complete assessments anywhere in the world.
The certification process involves the following steps. For a detailed description please review the Veriflora® Sustainably Grown Certification Manual
Apply for certification
Fill out the SCS application form and sign the SCS Professional Services Agreement.
Approve the work order
SCS generates a work order describing the audit scope and costs. Your signature on the work order indicates your approval and sets the audit process in motion.
Complete a self-assessment
You complete a Self-Assessment Checklist to help identify gaps in conformance and prepare you for the audit.
The SCS auditor conducts an onsite audit, which includes an opening meeting, physical inspection of the site, review of documents and records, interviews with personnel, and a closing meeting
Audit Report Completed
SCS reviews and finalizes the audit report and delivers the report to you within approximately 20 business days of the closing meeting.
Corrective Action Plan
If any nonconformities are noted, you prepare a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) describing corrective and preventive actions and providing evidence of implementation.
All nonconformities must be closed before certification can be approved. If certification is achieved, you are issued a formal certificate, along with the SCS Kingfisher certification mark and logo use guidelines.
Annual audits are required to maintain certification