LEAF Mar­que

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.

39%

of UK fruit and vegetables grown by 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.

375,679

hectares of crop on LEAF Marque certified businesses worldwide

305,465

hectares of crop on LEAF Marque certified businesses in the UK

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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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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Meet some LEAF Mar­que farmers

An insight into the effect and impact of LEAF Mar­que cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in the 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, reach­ing out to their cus­tomers and con­tin­u­al­ly assess­ing and adapt­ing their farm­ing prac­tices. We are huge­ly proud of what they have achieved. Togeth­er with the deter­mi­na­tion of the sup­ply chain to sup­port for­ward think­ing farm­ers and raise con­sumer aware­ness of sus­tain­able issues, we are mak­ing real and last­ing dif­fer­ences to the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of the world’s food and farm­ing systems. 

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Trace­abil­i­ty

The LEAF Mar­que Chain of Cus­tody allows all the sites that han­dle LEAF Mar­que cer­ti­fied prod­ucts in the sup­ply chain to be mapped. Farm­ers declare what they pro­duce and buy­ers and proces­sors declare their ingre­di­ents in man­u­fac­tured prod­ucts and their sup­pli­ers. Fur­ther along the sup­ply chain, dis­trib­u­tors, traders and retail­ers declare their suppliers. 

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Gov­er­nance

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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Stan­dard 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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Feed­back

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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