© Hivos/Leonard Fäustle

(c) Hivos/Leonard Fäustle

More and more governments, businesses and NGOs together develop sustainability agendas. However, due to the complexities of such agendas, the implementation is lagging behind. Looking closer at how sustainability agendas are being negotiated and implemented shows a myriad of actors trying to find common ground while at the same time advocating for their specific positions.

In this discussion we will look at how the sustainability agenda in the flower industry is developing in East Africa and The Netherlands. This fair trade relationship is extremely dynamic and has become vital to African horticulture as well as providing a vast group of consumers in Europe and beyond with fresh flower products.

Fresh-cut quality flowers, especially roses, have provided thousands of people in Africa with jobs and income. Growers can also easily demonstrate the improved environmental performance. But what about investments in improved social performance? Why are there so many different certification schemes in floriculture? What is the role of different stakeholders (growers, traders, buyers, financiers, certification schemes, governments, CSOs and NGOs) in improving social and environmental conditions and what is at stake?

Date: 10 November 2015
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 (door open 15:30)
Location: ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, Den Haag
Admission: €7,50 (including a drink) – free for students and SID members