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Sustainability Compass Glossary

Explanation of the terminology, and links to the sources used, in the Sustainability Compass for sustainability in horticulture.

About the Sustainability Compass

Amfori BSCI risk index

The risk classification of countries relies on the Worldwide Governance Indicators from the World Bank. These determine the level of risks related to governance in sourcing countries. The index evaluates countries on risks related to topics such as human rights, labor conditions and corruption.

Amfori Code of Conduct

The amfori BSCI Code of Conduct refers to international conventions such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, OECD Guidelines, UN Global Compact and International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations relevant to improve working conditions in the supply chain.

Environmental Performance Index

The 2022 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) provides a data-driven summary of the state of sustainability around the world. Using 40 performance indicators across 11 issue categories, the EPI ranks 180 countries on climate change performance, environmental health, and ecosystem vitality. It was developed by the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy.

Fair Trade Hired Labour Standard

The purpose of the Fairtrade Standard for Hired Labour is to set the requirements that determine participation in the Fairtrade system that applies to workers, empowering them to combat poverty, strengthen their position and to take more control of their lives. The requirements ensure that employers pay decent wages, guarantee the right to join trade unions, and make certain that health, safety and environmental principles are adhered to.


FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability.

Global G.A.P

GLOBALG.A.P. is a brand of smart farm assurance solutions developed by FoodPLUS GmbH in Cologne, Germany, with cooperation from producers, retailers, and other stakeholders from across the food industry. These solutions include a range of standards for safe, socially and environmentally responsible
farming practices


ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement).


ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system


For organizations that are serious about improving employee safety, reducing workplace risks and creating better, safer working conditions, there’s ISO 45001. ISO 45001 builds on the success of earlier international standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labour standards and conventions.


MPS-GAP is an entry certificate that allows deliveries to be made to international retailers. With this certificate, you comply with requirements in areas such as traceability, environment, crop protection products and recall procedures. MPS-GAP is benchmarked against GLOBALG.A.P. and meets the FSIrequirements.


Good working conditions play an important role for many traders and consumers. With the MPS-Socially Qualified (SQ) certificate, you demonstrate that your company meets the national and international requirements in the field of health and safety.


PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is a leading global alliance of national forest certification systems. As an international non-profit, nongovernmental organization, we are dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent thirdparty certification.

QMGS certification

Quality Mark Good Soil (QMGS) is intended for companies that supply and / or sell potting soils, ground covers and soil improvers within the hobby sector. QMGS provides a good answer to the requirements and wishes of consumers and customers.

Rainforest Alliance Certificate

The Rainforest Alliance seal promotes collective action for people and nature. It amplifies and reinforces the beneficial impacts of responsible choices, from farms and forests all the way to the supermarket check-out. The seal allows you to recognize and choose products that contribute toward a better future for people and planet.

Real food standards 2.1

The Real Food Standards are a guide to socially and environmentally responsible food purchasing for colleges and universities, developed in deep collaboration with advisors and stakeholders including 100+ farmers, ranchers, fishermen, industry experts, campus dining staff, and students in the United States.


The RHP quality mark gives a thorough quality judgement on the certified substrates. Substrates, soil supply and soil improving materials with the RHP quality mark are stable and guarantee an optimal nutrient medium.


Responsibly Produced Peat certification ensures that peatland will be used, managed and restored responsibly.


The SA8000 Standard is the world’s leading social certification program. The SA8000 Standard provides a framework for organizations to conduct business in a way that is fair and decent for workers and to demonstrate their adherence to the highest social standards.

Water stress index

In response to growing concerns from the private sector and other actors about water availability, water quality, climate change, and increasing demand, WRI applied the composite index approach as a robust communication tool to translate hydrological data into intuitive indicators of water-related risks.