Our impact

We work with farm­ers and grow­ers across the globe to deliv­er more sus­tain­able farm­ing through LEAF Mar­que cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Gain­ing insight into the impact of the LEAF Mar­que assur­ance sys­tem is cru­cial for con­tin­u­ous improve­ment of our stan­dards. That is why LEAF invests in mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion. You can see the full scale of our impact in our Glob­al Impacts Report.

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Our impact in numbers

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.

873

LEAF Marque Certified businesses*

21

Countries with LEAF Marque Certified businesses*

Our global reach continues to increase. In 2020, we worked with 873 businesses in 21 countries. Collectively this representents a total global hectarage of 299,185 hectares representing 270 different crop classes. The horticulture and arable sectors are the two largest LEAF Marque crop areas worldwide at 153,791 hectares and 142,329 hectares respectively.

The UK has the largest hectarage of LEAF Marque certified crop area at 237,465 hectares followed by Spain 24,626 hectares and France 13,841 hectares.

Farming businesses across the world are turning to LEAF Marque certification to demonstrate their environmental credentials and in doing so, building business resilience.

* Figures taken from LEAF Global Impacts Report 2021.

299,185

Hectares of crop on LEAF Marque certified businesses around the globe*

45%

of UK fruit & vegetables are produced by LEAF Marque certified businesses*

In the UK, we continue to see growth in the uptake of LEAF Marque certification, particularly within the horticultural sector. The horticulture sector remains the strongest growth area with the percentage of UK fruit and vegetables produced on LEAF Marque certified businesses increasing to 45%, including 98% of leeks, 95% of broccoli and celery, and 90% of lettuce. Whilst we are immensely proud of the impact we are making, there is much scope for expansion within cereals, oilseeds, meat and dairy sectors.*

* Figures taken from LEAF Global Impacts Report 2021.

We are delighted to fanfare the achievements of our members and LEAF Marque certified businesses. We are now building our capacity to go further and achieve more, extending the reach of LEAF Marque certification to more countries, into more sectors and helping to create more positive outcomes for farmers, their communities and the environment. To achieve this, LEAF will continue to work with other organisations across the globe to ensure we are making the biggest and best difference we can to farmers, the environment and to wider society.

Wheat

Wheat

60,028ha

Potato

Potato

28,067ha

Barley

Barley

26,696ha

Lettuce

Lettuce

12,470ha

Oilseed Rape

Oilseed Rape

10,273ha

Broccoli

Broccoli

9,337ha

Maize

Maize

9,093ha

Sugar Beet

Sugar Beet

8,762ha

Onion

Onion

7,900ha

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

7,374ha

Carrot

Carrot

7,165ha

Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn

5,084ha

Engaging the public in sustainable food and farming

Creating connections and building awareness and understanding for people about how their food is produced, where it comes from and the huge range of goods and services farming delivers, is a key part of delivering more sustainable farming.

30%

of LEAF Marque Businesses engaging with a wider audience through social media, websites & written material

21%

of LEAF Marque Businesses engaging with the media, television & radio

4,732

on & off farm events