Last few days to participate in LEAF Marque's standard revision

Join LEAF Marque's consultation on the revised standard until 8 July 2016.

LEAF Marque Standard v14.0 consultation 8th June – 8th July 2016

LEAF Marque is an environmental assurance system recognising sustainably farmed products. The LEAF Marque Standard is based on LEAF’s Integrated Farm Management principles and sets out the requirements for LEAF Marque Certification.

Following feedback, there have been extensive changes to the layout and some changes to the content of the LEAF Marque Standard. As a LEAF Stakeholder we would like to provide you with the opportunity to offer your views on the LEAF Marque Standard and help us to continually improve it. In particular, we are contacting you because of your expertise in standards and sustainability.

We are now in the general consultation phase for the updated standard and we would be grateful to receive your comments on two areas:

  1. General questions via the online questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VS9BQ2H  you should have already received an email request for this same questionnaire. NB the links to versions 13.0 and 14.0 are contained within the survey monkey questionnaire
  2. “Specific technical criteria on the attached spreadsheet.  https://leafmarque.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/draft_leaf_marque_version_14-_0_2nd_round_consultation-invite-only_june_-_july_2016-1.xlsx.

We would ask that you review the whole document, but with a particular focus on your specialism

We are keen to ensure that the revised standard:

  • captures the ‘essence’ of the requirements of the LEAF Marque standard in order to deliver more sustainable farming
  • is clearer to the grower
  • ensures the robustness of requirements from the auditor
  • does not contain unnecessary information

The spreadsheet is made up of 3 worksheets.  Please complete each worksheet.

  1. About You + General format and layout
  2. Specific control points
  3. Any other comments [There is no need to respond twice if you have already done this one]

Please return your comments by Friday 8 July 2016.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Thank you so much for your support with this consultation, your views and comments are gratefully received and are essential in the continual improvement of LEAF Marque.

 

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LEAF Energy Spreadsheet Project

Do you know organisation / individual who may be interested in a project we would like completed. Here at LEAF, we are keen to produce a new energy monitoring spreadsheet for our farmers and are looking to our partners in the industry to see whether they are able to help. We are able to offer funding of up to £2,750+VAT for this work.

A full tender with details, along with appendices and an application form is available from LEAF - please email Alice Midmer alice.midmer@leafuk.org. Applications close on Friday 2nd December.

LEAF Marque Standard v14.0.

The new version of the LEAF Marque Standard has been published and it is effective from the 1st of January 2017.

Revising the LEAF Marque Standard provides the opportunity to continually improve the Standard based on experience gained, lessons learned, and input provided during the implementation of the previous Standards (v13.0 and earlier). In addition, as a Full Member of the ISEAL Alliance, LEAF Marque is committed to revising the Standard taking into account feedback during stakeholder consultation.

The first public consultation for v14.0 was in March/April 2016. The second public consultation was in June/July 2016.

LEAF Marque is very grateful to all those involved in the continual development of the LEAF Marque Standard. In particular, we would like to thank the LEAF Marque Technical Advisory Committee.

Following these consultations we are proud to announce that the latest English version of the Standard can be found here. This updated standard will come into effect on 1 January 2017.

The LEAF Marque Standard has been updated in terms of the style and design and 1 CP (1.12) has been upgraded to Essential (E) previously CFP.

There are 6 new Control Points – 4 around the LEAF Marque Chain of Custody (1.18 – 1.21); 1 on energy optimisation (8.4) and 1 on recording on-farm habitats.

The LEAF Marque Standard v14.0 will be available soon in French, Spanish and Italian which will be available below once the changes have been translated. The English version of the Standard is the definitive version and therefore any issues of interpretation from other translations need to be referred to the English version.