Sustainability

The growing global population places increasing demands on our natural resources

The accepted definition of sustainability refers to processes and activities that meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations 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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AIPH International Grower of the Year Sustainability Award


Businesses that enter the AIPH International Grower of the Year Award (IGOTY) are be invited to put their business forward for the AIPH Sustainability Award. This award recognises best practice and innovation in improving sustainability in areas including water use, chemical use, climate change, energy use, transportation, labour management and social standards.

AIPH celebrates recent winners of the Sustainability Award:

2020 Winner

Anthura BV, The Netherlands

Anthura is a worldwide specialist in anthuriums and orchids. As a breeder and propagator, Anthura is constantly working to develop new techniques, stimulate entrepreneurship and make the chain more sustainable.

Anthura reached a unique milestone for horticulture when its research and development department sequenced and mapped the DNA of orchids and Anthriums. The company has since invested in infrastructure, technology and people to translate this breakthrough into a more sustainable production of anthuriums and orchids. Years of innovation and sustainable product development have resulted in an unlimited assortment of colourful varieties. Due to Anthura’s knowledge of genetics and its expert selection process, it offers customers strong plants in amazing colours with long flowering periods. Anthura stands for innovation, expertise, pragmatism and entrepreneurship which are encompassed in its motto: “Unlimited in Varieties, offering unlimited possibilities”

2019 Winner

Inner Mongolia M•Grass Ecological Environment (Group) Co. Ltd. China

Inner Mongolia M•Grass Ecological Environment (Group) Co. is an innovative business working throughout the entire chain from plant production to application.

This ranges from domesticating wild plants to the propagation of domesticated plants, from seed/bulbs and young plants to finished plants and applying them in ecological restoration and urban greening projects. The company produces over 1 million lily bulbs, 10 million finished plants and trees and 1,000 tons of seeds a year to be used in their projects. The company was listed in 2012.