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Producers are working harder than ever before to assure buyers that their operations are sustainable. Major retailers and foodservice providers increasingly recognize Sustainably Grown as part of their sourcing requirements. Certifying your products satisfies your customers, facilitates access to new markets, and provides brand differentiation.

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The Sustainably Grown standard was developed in accordance with SCS’ Standards Development Procedure, which emphasizes stakeholder input and transparency.   Agricultural crops of all types and sizes are eligible. Our global network of auditors can complete your assessment, no matter where your operations are located.

The standard addresses a wide range of sustainability issues, including protection of soil and water resources, careful agrochemical use, energy efficiency, air and climate impact reduction, ecosystem protection, integrated waste management, farm labor working conditions, health and safety, community engagement, economic stability, product quality, and more.

The next version of the standard, Sustainably Grown Version 2.0, is currently in development and is expected to be released in 2016. To learn more, read our announcement, visit the Stakeholder Review of SCS Standards page, and review the SCS Sustainably Grown – Revision and Stakeholder Process Overview.

  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 auditor assesses your operation, which includes an on-site inspection, document review, evidence gathering, and interviews.

  5. Review and respond to audit report
    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, 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.

    The length of time from start to finish varies, depending on your level of readiness. Recertification is conducted every 3 years, with on-site surveillance audits conducted annually.

  • Reinforce brand value for your products and company.
  • Access top retailers and foodservice providers that prefer or require certification to an approved sustainability scheme.
  • 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 credit for your efforts to protect the environment through resource conservation, ecosystem protection, increased energy and water efficiency, waste management, and more.
  • Ensure a safe, healthy work environment for your labor force and the surrounding community.
  • Gain additional insights into ways to continue improving the sustainability of your operation over time.
  • Profit from operational improvements including increased energy efficiency, reduced waste and improved worker safety and satisfaction. 
Complementary Services

Save time and money by taking advantage of SCS’ full suite of food and agriculture certification services. Bundled service discounts are available for food safety, quality, organic, and sustainability assessments. 

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