The mandate of FSI is to work with quality scheme owners (standards), to mainstream sustainability in the floriculture sector at the international level based on an inclusive governance model with representation from all identified key supply chain groups. FSI unites scheme owners in the flowers and plants supply chain with the ambition of having 90% of their flowers and pot plants sustainably produced and traded by 2020. To achieve this, FSI has developed a tool that the sector and/or individual wholesale companies will use to measure what percentage of the flowers and plants they trade in, are from responsible sources. The FSI Equivalency tool is designed to quickly review and compare Standards, by creating knowledge to build a more sustainable sector and by allowing transparency and comparability throughout the supply chain. Using this tool, FSI has established an “FSI Basket” of standards used for good sustainability practices in the floriculture sector which are benchmarked against Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) and Global G.A.P. The main standards used for good sustainability practices in the floriculture sector. are already part of the “FSI basket of responsible sources”, and have started or are already finished their benchmarking process against Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) for Social requirements, and/or GlobalG.A.P. for environmental requirements.
Through the outcome of GSCP and GloblaG.A.P benchmarking processes and the use of the FSI online portal, the market and producers are able to have an objective and neutral comparison of standards. A market interested in say environment or social sustainability compliance of its suppliers will only have to log into the FSI online portal, and so long as a given Standard is listed on the portal, the market can source flowers from any producer subscribing to the listed Standards. To remain in the FSI basket, Standards must complete their benchmarking by the end of 2015.
As at July 2015, the Certification Standards that are in the FSI Basket of sustainability standards for responsible sourcing include:
What is in it for Kenya Flower Council MembersUsing the FSI online portal:
http://www.standardsmap.org/fsi/ the market and producers are able to compare different standards objectively and in a neutral manner to:
Duly benchmarked to key industry i.e. KS 1758; GlobalGAP; TN10 ; FFP Reduce duplication of standards and seek harmonization hence reduce costs Increase an enhance market access, Drive continuous improvement for efficiency and productivity, Mutual recognition of audits “An audit for one is an audit for all”, Introduces transparency & comparability of existing sustainability standards to give clarity on market demand, Helps growers, traders and retailers get a common understanding of sustainability Improved capacity building to member organizations and the producers in ensuring competence in executing robust responsible sourcing programs Effectively assuring compliance in the members supply / value chains through aligning practices, standards and metrics. Provision of a forum to exchange views and share experiences regarding responsible sourcing practices and tackle current and future hotspots/ issues
Increase market uptake, alignment & harmonization of different system requirements.
Achieve flexibility in buying, transparency, category solutions, risk & reputation management, scale & volume
Mainstream sustainability, improvement of social and environmental issues, fact based discussion
attain recognition & visibility, uptake of future topics, increase in demand, alignment with other standards
Increased foreign exchange earnings, increased FDI
motivated workforce, improved livelihoods.
Of the two pillars of GSCP benchmarking i.e. Social and Environmental, Kenya Flower Council Flowers & Ornamentals Sustainability Standard is already benchmarked to GLOBALGAP since 2008 (therefore already benchmarked on the environment pillar), and has been benchmarked to the GSCP Social requirements pillar.
Kindly follow the following link to see how the KFC Standard faired on comparison with other major Floriculture Standards on the FSI online portal, emerging as a robust standard in all the areas addressing Social, Environment, and Quality, Management, and Ethics requirements.