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User guide

The extensive user guide to use the Sustainability Compass for sustainability assessment in horticulture, as developed within Kekkilä-BVB.

About the Sustainability Compass

Calculating the Sustainability Compass score

A spider diagram with 7 sustainability aspects and their assessment outcomes as examples.For each aspect multiple questions are asked that will determine the overall score per aspect. Some questions are irrelevant depending on what you are assessing, a raw material or a product. Per aspect the final score is a percentage calculated by dividing the actual score by the maximum score for that aspect.

The overall Sustainability Compass Score is an average of all scores per aspect.

For the aspect ‘Fit for Purpose’ qualitative questions are asked and when a material or product are not seen as ‘Fit for Purpose’ , the overall Sustainability Compass is zero. And because it does not fit the needs of the customer, this can not be seen as a sustainable product. There is no need to then answer the other aspects any further.

Sustainability Compass Aspects

0. Fit for purpose

The effectiveness of our solutions is the starting point for any new development. If a solution is not fit for purpose it is a waste of energy, materials, water and labour for the whole value chain.

Fit For Purpose assessment

1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Local

The closer to our production facilities we source and sell, the less we are impacted by supply chain disruptions and the easier it is to engage with the community.

Local assessment

2. Climate resilient

Materials and products with a lower carbon footprint are preferred by governments, market and society.

Climate resilient assessment

3. Circular

The more materials we use that are not mined and are regenerated in the short term, the easier it is to secure supply. Similarly we need to ensure a valuable second life.

Circular assessment

4. Nature positive

Our role in greening the world is indispensable, we should ensure that’s the case throughout the value chain.

Nature positive assessment

5. Socially responsible

Our license to operate is a value chain that takes care of the health and wellbeing of all stakeholders​​​​​​​.

Socially responsible assessment

6. Water conservative

Availability of water differs amongst regions, we should make sure we only use water where it is sufficiently available.

Water conservative assessment

7. User friendly

Our solutions should be safe to use, easy to use and contribute to the sustainability of the user.

User friendly assessment

8. Sustainable packaging

All of the above applies to our packaging as well, and needs to be taken into account.

Packaging assessment


When databases or certifications are needed to determine the score these are mentioned per aspect and explained in the Glossary. Specific references, used to determine thresholds are also mentioned and explained in the Glossary.

Open Glossary