No enforcement of digital environmental registration for the time being25 March 2021
The Royal FloraHolland Management Board has decided not to enforce digital environmental registration for the time being. There have been a large number of responses from growers recently. Royal FloraHolland, in consultation with the Members' Council, is taking time out to re-examine the implementation. Suppliers who have not yet started with digital environmental registration will not receive any penalty until further notice.
Steven van Schilfgaarde, CEO of Royal FloraHolland: "We are aware that we need to adjust in order to achieve our ambition of a sustainable and reliable marketplace together. We take the concerns and difficulties experienced by our members extremely seriously. Although many growers have already started with digital environmental registration, there are also growers who are having difficulty with the pace of introduction, the costs, and the fact the registration has to be online. We have discussed this with the Members' Council. We are jointly going to look into how we can accommodate the various requirements. We are therefore postponing the enforcement of the obligation for growers until further notice."
In addition, not all of the Members' Council preconditions have been met yet; meaning the commitment of traders to purchasing certified sustainable products has still not been fully achieved. Van Schilfgaarde says: "We're in constructive dialogue with the VGB ('Association of Wholesalers in Flower Nursery Products') and the VBW ('Association of Florists') on how we can jointly encourage and achieve certified sustainable production and purchasing."
We are preparing ourselves for the future
Royal FloraHolland aspires to a sustainable and reliable marketplace, and the digital environmental registration and certification process arose from this goal. The government is increasingly pursuing sustainability policies, and the demand for transparency regarding production is rising in every sector. Digital environmental registration and certification is the answer to this: it makes our sustainability efforts reliable and transparent. And that prepares us for the future.
You can still come to us with any query you might have. You will find more information and the frequently asked questions on our website. If you can't find the answer you need, get in touch with our Contact Center. You can also call us or send a text via WhatsApp (+31 (0)88 789 89 89). If you would like personalised guidance, our colleagues at the Contact Center will refer you to our Support Team. This team has been specially assembled to handle this topic. They are there to talk to you personally and are happy to help.
Here you can find the answers on a few important questions.
Could I get a penalty if I haven't started with digital environmental registration and environmental certification yet?
No. We are not enforcing and applying sanctions until further notice, and so we will not be imposing any penalties. We are now working on an adjustment plan, in consultation with the Members' Council. We will not be enforcing registration until we have a new plan.
What will happen in the near future? And when will there be more clarity on what enforcement may look like in the future?
On the one hand, over the next few months we will be exploring how we can act on our members' concerns constructively. In particular the compulsory nature, the costs, the speed and the fact that it must be digital are difficulties that are being mentioned. Along with the Members' Council, we will be looking at potential solutions as well as support for those solutions. It is still difficult to say how long this will take. We will not start enforcing until we have a widely supported, adapted plan.
On the other hand, there are discussions with traders on jointly collaborating on a plan of approach on how to encourage and achieve sustainable production and purchasing.
I have just started with digital environmental registration; is it better to stop now?
No. We are still advising our suppliers both to start and continue with digital environmental registration and environmental certification. Despite enforcement being postponed for now, digital environmental registration and environmental certification remains essential for the future of your company, our sector and our marketplace. The government is pursuing an increasingly stricter sustainability policy, and the demand from the market and society for transparency concerning production is also rising. Digital environmental registration and certification is the answer to this. It helps safeguard the reputation of our products, our sector, your company and our shared marketplace.
What does it mean for the cessation scheme?
We are contacting everyone who has opted for the cessation scheme. We are looking into what the best route is, together with the growers who signed up for this.