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  The flowers and ornamentals industry

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The flowers and ornamentals sector is made up of countless companies worldwide. It all starts with a seed or a shoot of a flower or plant, which then passes through a number of links of the chain until it has become a fully fledged flower, plant, bulb or tree. It is then sold to customers by florists, supermarkets or garden centres. On these photographs you can see what flowers, plants, bulbs and trees look like during the various phases of the supply chain.


  Trade and retail

Certificates for sustainable flowers and plants


MPS-ABC is an environmental certificate that indicates the operational sustainability of the company that grew the flower or plant. This is done by monitoring the consumption of plant protection products, fertilizers, water and energy, and comparing it with an independently established,
show more / less......... standardised reference values. The MPS - ABC certificate is based around different qualifications: MPS-A+, A, B and C. Better environmental performance is awarded with a higher qualification, with MPS-A+ being the highest qualification and MPS-C the lowest. Independent checks on the company and product samples ensure the reliability of the MPS-ABC certificate (qualification), so that you can be sure that MPS-ABC-certified products contribute to a better world.


The MPS-GAP certificate was introduced specially for companies supplying retailers with flowers and plants. This certificate consists of a series of production requirements regarding safety, environment,sustainability and traceability. MPS-GAP is the next step after MPS-ABC on the road to sustainability.


Good working conditions are very important for many traders and consumers, as people are paying more attention to growing methods and product origin in the flowers and ornamentals industry. International supermarket chains have started focusing on more and more on the social aspects of business, in addition to environmental requirements.


MPS-ProductProof zooms in on the plant protection products used to protect the crop from disease and/or plagues. MPS-ProductProof checks the registration of plant protection products by taking a sample of the crop. This registration also helps ensure that the flowers and plants comply with the additional rules set by
show more / less .........supermarkets, DIY shops and garden centres. For example, MPS-ProductProof allows growers to prove that products are "bee-friendly" and are thus not harmful to bees.