We don't see sustainability as a unique business characteristic, but rather as the norm. We have an up-to-date overview of our growers MPS scores, and our clients can decide for themselves how sustainable they want their products to be.
The MPS ABC certification indicates the performance of a grower in terms of fertilisers, pesticides, energy and waste. A grower can be awarded a certificate on three different levels: MPS-A, MPS-B and MPS-C. If a grower has the MPS-A certification, it means their business is the most environmentally-friendly. MPS-A+ is the most strict certification, only given to true leading, sustainable businesses.
It might be useful to keep in mind that MPS-A does not mean a grower doesn't use any pesticides, like with EKO/Organic certified plants and flowers. The MPS-Natural Protected programme handles that distinction.
The MPS-GAP/ GLOBAL GAP certification is meant for companies that deliver to retailers. To qualify for MPS-GAP/ GLOBAL GAP, a company has to adhere to certain standards in production, from traceability to environment, safety and hygiene. MPS-GAP is the next step after MPS-ABC on the road to sustainability.
MPS-ProductProof ensures the transparency of the use of active ingredients in cultivation. Independent samples taken from products used can be shown not to contain certain harmful ingredients within 24 hours. MPS-ProductProof (product security) is an addition to MPS-ABC (business security). If you want to make sure the products used in cultivation aren't harmful to plants, look for a MPS-ProductProof, Milieukeur or Groenkeur certification.
MPS-A Natural Protected is the EKO version of the certificate family. MPS-Natural Protected (NP) is a combination of MPS-ABC and MPS-ProductProof (PP). The MPS-NP is the highest certification a grower can get within MPS-PP. The certificate and samples taken show that the active ingredients used for cultivation are allowed within organic production.