Sustainability is one of the spearheads of Royal FloraHolland. As it should be with an internationally operating company, the ambitions also extend across national borders. GROW discussed this with Steven van Schilfgaarde.
Sustainability is a very broad concept. The United Nations has formulated no less than seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs). "The SDGs together form the international sustainable agenda for 2030. In our sector, sustainability is about energy, CO2 emissions, water, crop protection, packaging, healthy growth and working conditions. The six goals that relate to this can only be achieved in close collaboration with other parties."
"SDG 17 is therefore about cooperation. For example, I recently signed the IMVO floriculture agreement, as did the Ministers Schouten (Agriculture) and Kaag (Development Cooperation). In the context of that agreement, we are working together with large trading companies, interest groups from the floriculture industry and parties such as FNV and Hivos."