LEAF Marque certification
Improve the environmental quality of your farmed products and services and ensure high sustainability standards
Certification of your integrated farm management system demonstrates your commitment to sustainability, environmental protection, continual improvement and customer satisfaction. This will reduce business risks and improve your resilience to technical, regulatory and practice changes.
The LEAF Marque standard provides specific requirements for an integrated farm management system that will enhance your ability to consistently deliver products that meet customer, as well as statutory and regulatory, demands.
Management plans and reviews play an important part in the finance and profitability on the farm as do your family and staff’s motivation and involvement, crop performance, livestock performance and welfare. Environmental commitment and engagement with local community are also important considerations.
What is LEAF Marque?
The standard is applicable to all types of farms whether crop, livestock or mixed. It is regularly revised to take account of changes. The latest version (v16.0) became effective in April 2023.
Leaf Marque is a program that ensures that farm products and services meet high standards of sustainability. This includes considerations of environmental impact, responsible sourcing, and social responsibility. It should be noted that the LEAF Marque standard is additional and complementary to approved baseline systems such as GlobalG.A.P.
It aims to deliver prosperous farming that enriches the environment, engages local communities, develops climate resilience, improves nature and biodiversity, drives supply chain innovation, and engages consumers in positive change.
LEAF Marque sets out the principles of Integrated farm management as a whole farm business approach that will assist you in delivering more sustainable farming taking into account changes in technology and practice as the standard is regularly revised. The certification scope is not for a specific product but the farm itself.
Benefits of becoming certified
Checking that your system works is vital. Certification to LEAF Marque by an independent third-party verifies how your integrated farm management system is performing and demonstrates your work to apply effective management principles within the organization.
As a result, you can
- Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability: By obtaining Leaf Marque certification, you can show your customers and stakeholders that you are dedicated to reducing your environmental impact and promoting responsible sourcing.
- Differentiate your business: Leaf Marque certified products and services stand out in a crowded market, helping you to differentiate your business and attract more customers.
- Improve your supply chain: The certification process helps you to identify and address any sustainability issues in your supply chain, leading to long-term improvements and cost savings.
To be certified, you first need to implement an effective quality management system complying with the standard’s requirements. DNV is an accredited third-party certification body and can help you throughout the journey starting from relevant ISO 9001 training to self-assessments, gap analysis and certification services.
Learn more about how to get started on the road to certification.