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Sustainably Grown
Setting the Standard for Sustainable Agriculture

Gain market visibility and take a proactive approach to address sustainability in a straightforward, cost-effective way. Sustainably Grown certification provides agricultural producers around the world with a detailed roadmap to satisfy the emerging market for sustainable products. Certified producers are leaders in worker protection, and environmental responsibility and as defined by the requirements of the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), ISO 14024 Type 1 Environmental Labeling, and the American National Sustainable Agriculture Standard (ANSI/LEO-4000).

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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
  • Make third-party verified claims about your sustainability practices and strengthen your brand in the marketplace.
  • Access top retailer, foodservice, and food and beverage companies that recognize Sustainably Grown as part of their sustainable sourcing policies.
  • Assure customers that your operation is aligned with international best practice for fair labor conditions and labor rights, consistent with the GSCP framework.
  • Communicate your commitment to sustainability directly on your product with the SCS Kingfisher certification mark, representing one of the world’s most robust sustainability standards.
  • Receive recognition for your resource conservation, ecosystem protection, energy and water efficiency, and careful waste management efforts.
  • Ensure a safe, healthy work environment for your labor force and the surrounding community.
  • Gain insights into ways to create a baseline for your sustainable practices in order to improve your operation over time.
  • Profit from operational improvements including increased energy efficiency, reduced waste and improved worker safety and satisfaction.
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Lesley Sykes
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