Fair Flora grower

VDE Plant

Sustainable, transparent, fair

The Coffea Arabica from VDE Plant has achieved 5 stars. Read on this page what that means.

About the grower

VDE Plant

VDE Plant is a family business that has been cultivating various types of plants with great care for over 75 years. Across more than 10 hectares, we cultivate and process approximately 8,000,000 plants annually with the help of 85 employees.

When you welcome our plants into your space, you not only embrace freshness but also a range of benefits that arise from the fact that they come directly from our own greenhouse.

Plants directly from the greenhouse offer significant advantages for green enthusiasts. Firstly, they guarantee optimal freshness as they come straight from a controlled and protected environment. This careful cultivation results in healthy, robust plants that are more resistant to pests and diseases, leading to a longer lifespan.

Moreover, plants directly from the grower exhibit higher quality with thicker leaves and a sturdy growth structure. Additionally, the optimized growing conditions in greenhouses result in reduced use of pesticides and fertilizers, which is beneficial for the environment.

The stars achieved

Registration of the production method

Condition

To obtain this star, the grower must be able to demonstrate a transparent and responsible production environment, through one of the following certificates:

  • GlobalG.A.P. IDA (Impact-Driven Approach)
  • MPS-A or MPS-ABC

Obtained certificate grower

VDE Plant is MPS-A certified. The company has achieved 70 to 110 points.

A total of 110 points can be achieved. A company earns points by keeping consumption within certain standards. The standards for the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and energy are determined per crop. Based on the crops present and the surface area of the business, an organization is assigned an individual company standard.

The standard for a specific crop is established based on disease susceptibility, fertilizer, and temperature requirements. For this reason, a company starts by creating a cultivation plan before consumption can be recorded. In the cultivation plan, the grower records each crop that is cultivated and its corresponding surface area.

Social certification

Condition

To obtain this star, the grower must be able to demonstrate that he meets (inter)national requirements in the field of safety and health, through one of the following certificates:

  • GRASP (GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice)
  • MPS-Socially Qualified

Obtained certificate grower

VDE Plant is GRASP and MPS-SQ gecertified.

  • GRASP stands for a risk assessment in the field of social aspects within a company. This includes the well-being and reward level of employees, as well as health and safety aspects.
  • Good working conditions play a crucial role. With the MPS-Socially Qualified (SQ) certificate, VDE Plant demonstrates that the company complies with (inter)national standards in the areas of safety and health.

Transparent and responsible production environment

Condition

To obtain this star, a grower must have one of the following certificates:

  • GLOBALG.A.P. Flowers and Ornamentals: This means the grower meets the strictest professional standards and sustainability standards for floriculture.
  • MPS-GAP: With this certificate, the grower meets requirements in the areas of traceability, the environment, crop protection products and recall procedures. 

Obtained certificate grower

VDE Plant is GlobalG.A.P. gecertified.

Environmental footprint

Condition

The grower must have an up-to-date Cradle-to-gate footprint calculation of the flower or plant in question. This maps the environmental impact.

To demonstrate this, the grower must provide a signed Product Footprint Declaration containing the 16 impact categories of the FloriPEFCR (draft). Once the proposal for the FloriPEFCR has been approved by the European Union, the footprint calculation must be carried out in accordance with the official rules.

Used method grower

VDE Plant has calculated the environmental footprint of the Coffea Arabica using the Flori Footprint Tool. This tool maps out the environmental impact of the plant based on key components, including energy consumption, water usage, starting material, substrate, and packaging.

CO2-compensation

Condition

The plant must be Climate Neutral: the grower must be able to demonstrate CO2 compensation of the plant with officially certified carbon credits. Climate change is combated by actively removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

Obtained certificate grower

VDE Plant has offset the CO2 emissions from the production (cradle-to-gate) of 10,000 Coffea Arabica plants through Bamboo Village by planting bamboo in Uganda.

The planting of native bamboo helps absorb CO2 from the atmosphere into the plants and the soil, contributing to the mitigation of global warming.

The Bamboo Village plantation in Uganda has been officially recognized and certified by Oncra as a project successfully removing CO2 from the atmosphere. This ensures that carbon credits are not issued beyond what is realistically achievable.