Our commitment to a sustainable future as the world’s champion for the power of plants
AIPH was established as an association in Switzerland in 1948, when a group of grower associations of Western Europe came together, united by a post-war ambition to mend relations between European horticulturalists and to rebuild burnt bridges. Over the following decades, AIPH has grown into a global force for horticulture, uniting grower associations across the world and is responsible for the world’s finest horticultural expositions. AIPH became an international non-profit association, incorporated in Belgium in 2013.
Our purpose is to reignite and uphold an appreciation of plants that we believe is a basic human instinct. As a community of plant-growing organisations, we strive for a world in which humanity, technology, and nature exist in a healthy and stable equilibrium. By achieving this we will build a balanced and prosperous future for all, sustaining the planet for this generation and the next.
We aim to achieve this by:
We are committed to upholding the highest standards of governance and ethics, and fully subscribe to the key principles of sustainable development, namely, inclusivity, integrity, stewardship, and transparency. We will comply with all applicable legal requirements where we operate, and we will strive continually to improve our sustainability performance.
Our commitment to sustainability is expressed through five thematic areas, which are material to what we do and where we believe we can make the most positive impact:
To address these key sustainability themes and achieve our objectives, we will implement this policy through the following actions and measures:
Sustainability is a broad discipline with much still to be developed and learned. Therefore, we welcome active collaboration with partner organisations across the AIPH community and beyond, as we can achieve so much more through working together.
Furthermore, we will openly and regularly report on our progress in implementing this policy and the commitments we make on sustainability to take account of evolving policies, standards, best practices, and technology, and we will share what we learn.
The AIPH Managing Board
AIPH President, Bernard Oosterom
AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe