LEAF invites the industry to help shape the future of the LEAF Marque Standard

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LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), which runs the global environmental assurance system, LEAF Marque, has today announced the start of a public consultation on its LEAF Marque Standard (v16.0 Draft). The standard sets out the requirements for LEAF Marque certification.

LEAF is inviting its members, farmers, growers, academics, fellow NGOs, members of the public and other stakeholders to provide their views on the relevance, feasibility, and auditability of the proposed changes to the LEAF Marque Standard (v16.0 Draft). The consultation period opens today (17th November 2021) and runs until 17th January 2022. The survey (condensed and detail) can be completed online, and feedback can also be submitted by email (jenna.higgins@leaf.eco), phone (+44 (0)2476 413911) or in writing.

Opinions valued

Lucy Redmore, Assurance Manager at LEAF says: “We are committed to listening, adapting and continually improving; obtaining stakeholder feedback is an essential part of revising our LEAF Marque Standard.  We welcome and value the opinions of our members, farmers, growers, academics, fellow NGO’s, members of the public and other stakeholders. This consultation provides a great opportunity to help shape the future direction of the LEAF Marque Standard v16.0, as well as influence how the agricultural sector delivers more sustainable, regenerative, nature-based global farming and food systems. We encourage everyone to get involved and help us develop and evolve the next version of the LEAF Marque Standard. The feedback we receive is vital in ensuring LEAF Marque certification continues to act as a powerful catalyst for mobilising advances in more climate positive farming across the globe.”

There are various ways to submit feedback on the LEAF Marque Standard (v16.0 Draft):

  • Complete the online survey: there are two versions – a condensed survey with targeted questions for those with limited time, and a detailed survey for those with more time.  The survey is compatible with smartphones and can take as little as 5 minutes of your time.
  • By Email:higgins@leaf.eco with your name, job and country and any comments that you have
  • By phone:+44 (0)2476 413911
  • In writing:including your name, country, stakeholder group and contact details to: LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), Avenue J, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, UK CV8 2LG for the attention of Jenna Higgins.

Multilingual summaries

To support involvement of a wide range of global stakeholders, the surveys and summaries of changes are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Egyptian Arabic.

In addition, LEAF is running three webinars to explain the main changes proposed, as well as providing an opportunity for feedback, – to register, please click the links below:

  • Carbon & Plastics: Industry Questions and Farmer-Based Solutions – 24th November 2:30pm (GMT) – book here
  • Water, Collaborative Action, and Landscape Scale Changes – 16th December 2:30pm (GMT) – book here
  • Standard Relevance: Writing a Standard for a global and varied industry – 10th January 10:30am (GMT) – book here

More information on the LEAF Marque Standard v16.0 Draft and how to get involved in the consultation can be found here

 

 

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