Hort Innovation releases its Sustainability Framework

Monday, 9 August 2021

Hort Innovation has released the Horticulture Sustainability Framework, which is now available here.

A guide to help the horticulture sector share its sustainable, ethical, and safe farming practice stories with stakeholders, the Framework aims to helps horticulture industries to better promote their sustainability credentials and meet growing consumer and investor expectations.

The Framework provides an opportunity for growers to take an active role in influencing sustainability perceptions across horticulture and will help industry to better understand where the sector is at, where industry strengths are, and which areas to prioritise for future investment and policy work.

Developed over 12 months, the Framework incorporates input from more than 600 industry participants including several stakeholders from the nursery industry.

Detailed in the Framework are 17 key focus areas that align with existing business measures and initiatives and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, providing growers with data and information on best practice international standards. There are also four key pillars that underpin these focus areas, which are:

  • Nourish and Nurture recognises the role of Australian horticulture produce in improving diets, health, and wellbeing.
  • People and Enterprise identifies the strong link between people, enterprises, communities, and economic value of Australian horticulture.
  • Planet and Resources focusses on reduces impacts on the natural environment and on the dependence of horticultural production on resources, biosecurity, and resilience to climatic variability.
  • Less waste centres on reduces waste in horticultural production.

The Framework is complemented by a suite of levy, sustainability focussed projects which aim to help contribute to the National Farmers Federation objective for agriculture to reach $100 billion by 2030.

The Greenlife Industry Australia Board supports the Hort Innovation Sustainability Framework and has made the decision to use it as the basis for the development of a nursery industry sustainability action plan.  The action plan is in the process of being developed to support the industry manage environmental and production risks to ensure industry sustainability.

For more information on the Framework, email: communications@horticulture.com.au.

The ‘sustainability framework for horticulture’ (HA19001) project is funded by Hort Innovation using the nursery industry levy, funds from the Australian Government.