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The use of external sustainability references in Neova Group. New ones to be implemented in 2022 are highlighted as NEW.

Sustainability frameworks  

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)UN SDGs are 17 sustainability goals with 169 targets that all UN Member States have agreed to work towards achieving by the year 2030. For businesses it is as a universal framework for businesses to communicate performance, set targets and actions, engage with various stakeholders, including investors and gain access to new market opportunities. The framework fosters collaboration to solve the world’s most challenging tasks in sustainability. 
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) frameworka sustainability reporting framework that helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social wellbeing.  
  • Upright Project net impact assessment methodologya model to quantify in automated way the net impact of companies on people, planet, society and knowledge. Upright enables smarter decision-making for investors, companies and governments by quantifying the net impact of companies. 
  • NEW – Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)a framework to incorporate evaluation of climate-related risks and opportunities into companies risk management and strategic planning processes 
  • NEW – Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)a not for profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts 
  • NEW – Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG)a comprehensive global standardized framework to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions. 
  • NEW – Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) framework – global method for calculating and reporting logistics emissions 

Sustainability commitments 

  • NEW – UN Global Compact – a framework for voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and  to take steps to support UN goals 
  • NEW – UN Guiding Principles on Busineq ss and Human Rights  – the global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity, and they provide the internationally-accepted framework for enhancing standards and practices with regard to business and human rights.  

Product specific sustainability certificates 

  • RPP (Responsibly Produced Peat) – certificate system for growing media applications. Goal is to ensure that peat used as a constituent for growing media can be guaranteed from responsible resources. 
  • PEFC – Certification system to ensure that wood products come from sustainable forest management 
  • FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) – Certification system to ensure that wood products come from forest that is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. 
  • RHP (certified for horticulture) – The RHP quality mark gives a thorough quality judgement on the certified substrates. Substrates, soil supply and soil improving materials with the RHP quality mark are stable and guarantee an optimal nutrient medium.  
  • QMGS – Quality Mark Good Soil (QMGS) is intended for companies that supply and / or sell potting soils is the ground covers and soil improvers within the hobby sector. QMGS is the quality mark, which guarantees the safety, quality, composition, purity and usability of the product.  
  • NEW – Sustainable biomass program (SBP)a certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and woodchips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production to provide assurance that woody biomass is sourced from legal and sustainable sources. 

Management systems certifications 

Non-competitive collaboration forums (through memberships) 

  • FIBS – a community for Finnish companies to share best practices and insights on corporate responsibility topics