LEAF Mar­que

LEAF Mar­que is a lead­ing glob­al assur­ance sys­tem recog­nis­ing more sus­tain­ably farmed prod­ucts. LEAF Mar­que cer­ti­fied busi­ness­es have been inde­pen­dent­ly ver­i­fied against the robust LEAF Mar­que Standard.

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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.


of UK fruit and vegetables are grown on LEAF Marque certified businesses

Our ambition

LEAF Marque works to build resilient businesses, develop climate resilience, improve nature and biodiversity, drive supply chain innovation, and engage consumers in positive change.


hectares on LEAF Marque certified businesses worldwide

LEAF Mar­que Standard

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.

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Help Cen­tre

Are you on the jour­ney to becom­ing LEAF Mar­que cer­ti­fied and need help and guid­ance? Vis­it our Help Cen­tre for a range of resources, instruc­tions and doc­u­ments to sup­port you along the way.

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How to become LEAF Mar­que certified

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.

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Earned Recog­ni­tion Pri­va­cy Notice

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. 

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Grow­ing LEAF Mar­que: Lis­ten­ing | Adapt­ing | Improving

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.

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LEAF Mar­que Audits dur­ing Coronavirus

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.

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Meet some LEAF Mar­que farmers

An insight into the effect and impact of LEAF Mar­que cer­ti­fi­ca­tion inthe deliv­ery of more sus­tain­able farming. 

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Deliv­er­ing impact

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. 

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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.

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Revis­ing the standard

Learn about how we set the LEAF Mar­que Stan­dard, with reg­u­lar con­sul­ta­tions and revi­sions to ensure the stan­dard is a robust and cred­i­ble system.

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Claims and labelling

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.

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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.

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LEAF Mar­que doc­u­ments and downloads

Here you can find many use­ful doc­u­ments and arti­cles about LEAF Marque. 

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Pub­lic Consultation

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.

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