Sustainably Grown

The Role of Sustainability Certifications in Mitigating Deforestation


At COP26, more than 100 world leaders pledged up to $19bn USD to help tackle deforestation and forest degradation, which account for 8-10% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Many ears perked up at the prospect of deforestation hot spots, such as tropical forests in Indonesia and the Amazon, receiving much needed aid packages. The commitments are huge, the intentions noble, and the support for regions devastated by deforestation long overdue. But one has to wonder: Can GHG emissions from forest cover loss really be halted?

Columbine Vineyards Becomes the First Sustainably Grown Certified Table Grapes Producer in the US

Certification from SCS acknowledges Columbine Vineyard's dedication to social work, unwavering support for growers and impressive environmental achievements including the conservation of 843 million gallons of water through sustainable farming practices
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 19, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Columbine Vineyards, producer of the popular Holiday® table grapes in California's San Joaquin Valley, has now become the first Sustainably Grown Certified table grapes producer in the US. The new certification represents the significant impacts Columbine Vineyards has made over the past few years, including water conservation - 843 million gallons saved, styrofoam reduction - 54% reduction, and carbon sequestration - 5,200 metric tons, the equivalent to 1140 cars off the roads annually.

SCS Global Services' “Sustainably Grown” Certification Recognized Under Walmart Canada's New Pollinator Health Program

Walmart Canada to source 100% of fresh produce and floral from suppliers that adopt integrated pest management practices, as verified by a third-party, by 2025.
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., June 30, 2021 /3BL Media/ - SCS Global Services (SCS), an international pioneer and leader in sustainability standards development and third-party certification of environmental, social, safety and quality performance, today announced its Sustainably Grown Certification program has been accepted into Walmart Canada’ new Pollinator Health Program.

100% of Ocean Spray's Cranberries Verified Under FSA as Sustainably Grown

First Fruit Cooperative Worldwide to Earn This 100% Distinction
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From Press Release Released April 20 by Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.

California Almond Farm Is First to Achieve Coveted “Sustainably Grown” Label

SCS Global Services Announces Bullseye Farms Certification
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., April 20, 2020 /3BL Media/  - SCS Global Services announced today that Bullseye Farms is the world’s first almond farm to be independently certified under the internationally recognized “Sustainably Grown” standard for agricultural crops. Bullseye Farms, a diversified farming operation based in Woodland, California, grows almonds marketed under the “Almond Lane” brand.

WEBINAR – Introduction to SCS’ Sustainably Grown Certification

Recognizing high environmental, social and economic standards in agricultural production
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April 4, 2019 /3BL Media/ SCS’ Sustainably Grown certification program recognizes agricultural products that meet rigorous standards for environmental protection, ethical production, social compliance, product quality and food safety. The program is unique in that agricultural crops of all types and production systems are eligible to be certified.

PMA and United Fresh Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices Gains First Endorsement from Third-Party Certifier

SCS Global Services says charter helps bring social responsibility to the mainstream
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., October 22, 2018 /3BL Media/  SCS Global Services (SCS), a leading international third-party certification body and standards developer, is pleased to announce its endorsement of the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices, a joint initiative of the Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association. The Charter establishes baseline principles for the ethical treatment of workers in the global fresh produce and floral industries.

SCS' Sustainably Grown® Program Achieves Silver Level Equivalence with SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment Tool

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EMERYVILLE, Calif. and BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 19, 2018 – The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) and SCS Global Services (SCS) are pleased to announce the outcome of a benchmarking effort between SCS’ Sustainably Grown® Certification Program and SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) tool. Sustainably Grown has earned Silver level equivalence to the FSA Version 2.0.

Veriflora® Sustainably Grown Flowers Protect People and the Planet This Valentine's Day

Certified Cut Flowers and Potted Plants Support Holiday Giving
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Check out this video, which shows why Veriflora® Sustainably Grown flowers are the best way to celebrate Valentine’s day and every day.  Be sure to visit our website to learn more: Veriflora® Sustainably Grown Website

Europe’s Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and SIFAV Recognize SCS Sustainably Grown Certification Program

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December 19, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Based on its recent benchmarking to the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), announced last week, SCS Global Services’ Sustainably Grown certification program is now recognized by the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), and its influential fruit and vegetables program, SIFAV (Sustainability Initiative Fruit & Vegetables).


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