Two of Dümmen’s overseas facilities have earned certifications: Red Fox Ethiopia reached the Gold certificate of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer & Export Association and Red Fox Las Mercedes successfully passed MPS-GAP certification for good agricultural practices.
RED FOX Las Mercedes in El Salvador started working on MPS-GAP in March 2013 and is now successfully certified. Originally developed for fruit and vegetable production, MPS-GAP has been adapted for the flower industry. MPS-GAP looks at the whole production process: land use (for example avoiding erosion); parental material; training of workers and advisors; storage and use of chemicals and fertilizers; safety, health and hygiene; policies on use of energy, chemicals and substrate; call-back procedures and waste management.
To obtain an MPS-GAP certificate the participant has to have an MPS-ABC certification. MPS-ABC focuses on the environmental impact: use of crop protection agents, fertilizers, energy, water and implementation of recycling programs for paper, plastic and other waste streams.
The EHPEA (Ethiopian Horticulture Producer & Export Association) Code of Practice consists of three levels of excellence allowing Ethiopian flower and ornamental plant farms to be rewarded at each stage of their process towards development practices within the chain. At each level, the code includes requirements for internal management of farm practices and compliance, good agricultural practices, protection of the environment, welfare of employees and implementation of responsible employment practices.
RED FOX Ethiopia has been working hard to reach the Gold status this year, earning Bronze in 2008, Silver in 2012 and finally Gold in 2013.