Kenya Flower Council has achieved significant milestones in the self-regulation and auditing function, with remarkable progress realized with regard to the development of the KFC Certification Scheme. KFC has continued to develop the KFC Standard to become an internationally recognized standard. The following are some of the achievements;
- 1996 the Kenya Flower Council is established and formulates a Standard for implementation by the Producer Members.
- 2004-2008 KFC initiates and embraces a Quality Regulations System to guide its certification activities.
- 2005 the Kenya Flower Council Standard gains recognition and is given “equivalence” status to GLOBALG.A.P. Flowers & Ornamentals.
- August 2007 – The Council gets appointed as an Agent by KEBS to facilitate implementation for the Kenya Standard-KS1758 by the Members.
- 2008 – The Certification Scheme is accredited by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).
- In 2015 the Kenya Flower Council Standard is uploaded to International Trade Centre (ITC) Standards Map for comparability with other recognised international standards on Environment and Socio-economic sustainability criteria.
- 2016 KFC Standard continues to grow in stature and is given equivalence to Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP).
- 2016 the Standard gains more international acceptability as it is included in the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) basket of sustainability standards alongside other leading international standards as a result of the growers desire to embrace sustainability.
- As a result, solid environmental and conservation programmes, social welfare and workers welfare embraced by producer members in their production processes.
- Kenya Flower Council promotion activities lead to opening up of over 60 market destinations Worldwide by participating actively in events such as IFTEX.
- Substantial increase in membership from a paltry 6 in 1996 to 95 in 2016.
- At the forefront of revitalization of Kenya Standard KS1758 Part 1: Floriculture as a national standard.
- Considerable reduction of both market inspections and interceptions realized.
- Inclusivity achieved leading to increase in smallholder and florists participation in the flower business.
- Effective Advocacy/Lobby initiatives for favourable policy influencing and implementation e.g. successfully negotiating for expedition of the Economic Partnership Agreements, creation of a conducive business environment, expedition of VAT refunds, simplification of tax collection and regimes and generally pushing for lowering of the cost of doing business in Kenya.
- Industry representation in key forums such as Union Fleurs, Civil Society Organizations, FKE, KAM, KEPSA. e.t.c which strengthened industry voice through sharing of information, market intelligence and knowledge acquisition.
- Built solid partnerships with reputable organizations for capacity building and training e.g. KAVES, WWF, NMC and CARROT which ensured sustainable utilization of natural resources and reduction of carbon footprint in the industry.