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.
Apply for certification
Fill out the SCS application form and sign the SCS Assessment Services Agreement.
Approve the work order
SCS generates a work order describing the audit scope and costs. Your approval sets the process in motion.
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.
Receive an evaluation audit
The auditor assesses your operation, which includes an on-site inspection, document review, evidence gathering, and interviews.
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.
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.