LEAF Marque is a leading global assurance system recognising more sustainably farmed products. It stands for more environmental sustainability and is held by farm businesses which meet our rigorous standards of sustainable farming practice. LEAF Marque certified businesses have been independently verified against the robust LEAF Marque Standard.Read the LEAF Marque Strategy
The principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM) underpin the requirements of LEAF Marque certification, as set out in the LEAF Marque Standard. IFM is a whole farm business approach that delivers more sustainable farming. Modern technology and traditional methods are used with the goal of delivering a prosperous farming that enriches the environment and engages local communities. A farm business managed to IFM principles will demonstrate site-specific and continuous improvement across the whole farm including: Organisation and Planning, Soil Management and Fertility, Crop Health and Protection, Pollution Control and By-Product Management, Animal Husbandry, Energy Efficiency, Water Management, Landscape and Nature Conservation and Community Engagement.
LEAF Marque works to build resilient businesses, develop climate resilience, improve nature and biodiversity, drive supply chain innovation, and engage consumers in positive change.
Every few years we review the LEAF Marque Standard to ensure it remains relevant. As industry practices and scientific understanding evolve over time, so our Standard needs to evolve too. Our Standard review is public and consistent with best practice codes and guidelines provided by ISEAL.
This is to enable Defra to review LEAF Marque data to assess it’s relevance to Earned Recognition, as part of an ongoing working group that investigates this. The intention of Earned Recognition is to enhance efficiency by recognising cross-over between the topics covered by assurance systems, and topics of interest to Defra regulation and enforcement.
Assessing the effectiveness of LEAF Marque certification and gaining an insight into how it is advancing environmental change, is crucial for the continuous improvement of our standards, this is why LEAF invests in independent monitoring and evaluation. Read more about our latest independent evaluation into LEAF Marque.
Showcasing the achievements of LEAF Marque certified businesses in transforming the sustainability of global farming and food systems – boosting climate resilience, conserving and enhancing biodiversity and supporting the health, diversity and enrichment of our food, farms, the environment and society.
From Wednesday 25th March, the requirement for on-site LEAF Marque audits was temporarily suspended in recognition that coronavirus (COVID-19) prevented the safe delivery of on-site audits.
LEAF Marque will commence remote assessments from the 1st May 2020.
LEAF Marque is an environmental assurance system recognising sustainable farmed products. Here we take a look at the latest version of the LEAF Marque Standard and the process of standard setting.
In 2012, when LEAF established its monitoring and evaluation programme, we started providing information about our impacts, growth and the economic, environmental and social benefits of achieving and maintaining LEAF Marque certification. We continue to build on that work which helps provide the scientific foundation for the transparent and impartial evaluation of LEAF’s effectiveness in delivering our mission and vision.
An insight into the effect and impact of LEAF Marque certification inthe delivery of more sustainable farming.
Through our monitoring and evaluation and talking to our producers we are seeing real commitment in safeguarding our precious natural resources, reachingout to their customers and continually assessing and adapting their farmingpractices. We are hugely proud of what they have achieved. Together with thedetermination of the supply chain to support forward thinking farmers andraise consumer awareness of sustainable issues, we are making real and lastingdifferences to the sustainability of the world’s food and farming systems.
We look at how LEAF the charity and LEAF Marque is managed, including the setting of the standard, decision making process, stakeholder engagement, LEAF Public System Reports, LEAF Marque indicators, a list of IFM research papers / case studies and other governance matters.
Learn about how we set the LEAF Marque Standard, with regular consultations and revisions to ensure the standard is a robust and credible system.
Claims & Labelling will be effective from the 1st January 2020. This is a mechanism to ensure robustness of the LEAF Marque System by regulating the certification claims that are made. Claims & Labelling replaces Chain of Custody, the requirements for which have been removed from the LEAF Marque Standard v15.0.
Your feedback is important to LEAF to ensure that we continue to improve the services we offer. LEAF will review and take any appropriate corrective action to the standards system or assurance requirements, when necessary.
Here you can find many useful documents and articles about LEAF Marque.
Growing LEAF Marque: Listening | Adapting | Improving
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LEAF Marque in the Spotlight
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LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) response to Agriculture Bill
Soil Health Testing: What? Why? How?
Leading fruit business recognised for environmental standards
New LEAF Marque Ambition Launched
New LEAF Marque Chairman Appointed
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