The growing global population places increasing demands on our natural resources

Sustainability is fundamental to the mission of AIPH: to build a balanced and prosperous future for all, sustaining the planet for this generation and the next. This has been central to our purpose for many years, and we believe that now is the time to formalise and publicise this commitment.

In early 2021, we decided to carry out an internal review of what we do and how this relates to sustainability. This served to identify areas where our decisions and activities have an impact on people and the environment and highlight opportunities where we could drive positive change.

The first outcome of this exercise was the development of our Sustainability Policy, which the AIPH Board approved in March 2021. The AIPH Sustainability Strategy builds on our policy and sets out how we intend to achieve our objectives in this field.

For ornamental production, the accepted definition of sustainability refers to processes and activities that meet the present generation’s needs without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their needs.

In this context, sustainability reflects three concepts: economic, environmental, and social—sometimes referred to a people, planet and profits. AIPH is committed to support and assist ornamental producers to operate sustainable businesses that perform to the highest standard in all three of these measures.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We understand the importance of sustainability across the supply chain for the production of flowers and plants. Through our activities we are supportive of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI)

The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) is a market-driven initiative that brings together members of the international floriculture supply-chain. FSI members are
collaborating to improve practices and drive positive change towards the sustainable production and trade of flowers and plants.

Environmental Benchmarking

Currently the FSI Basket of Standards includes a set of 14 benchmarked social and agricultural sustainability compliance standards. It is used as an instrument to identify, measure and promote responsible sources of flowers & plants.

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Sustainability Monitoring Protocol

This Monitoring Protocol is designed to allow for a transparent reporting process for the Floricultural sector as well as the FSI members; to establish a common understanding of the definitions that are to be used when reporting and to provide guidance on establishing a minimum level of data quality.

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Greenwood Plants, UK

Greenwood Plants is a landscape supply nursery which specialises in the new build property, commercial, and infrastructure sectors. With over 100 acres of production capacity, it produces around six million plants a year across its six nursery sites in the UK, and employs more than 120 people. Greenwood aims to become the best in the horticultural industry through the consistent delivery of an effortless client experience.

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Allensmore Nurseries, UK

Allensmore Nurseries is a family-owned grower supplier and trader of ornamental plants to supermarkets, DIY/Box stores, garden centre chains and independent garden centres in the UK.

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Brookdale Treeland Nurseries Limited, Canada

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Anthura BV, The Netherlands

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