The Kenya Flower Council is a voluntary association of independent growers and exporters of cut-flowers and ornamentals, established in 1996, with the aim of fostering responsible and safe production of cut flowers in Kenya with due consideration of workers welfare and protection of the environment.
Against this background the Council has become the focal point for industry representation, promotion, and compliance to pertinent local and international standards deemed necessary to secure, expand and sustain markets.
- Producer Members – involved in the production of flowers & ornamentals. To date stands at 101 farms / firms.
- Associate Members – organizations that supply various products and services to the industry and are currently 73. This category attracts both local and international organizations.
Kenya Flower Council Membership includes small, medium and large flower growers spanning from 0.25 acres to 230 hectares, in line with our strategic plan to ensure an all-inclusive representation of the floriculture industry.
LOBBYING AND INDUSTRY PROMOTIONS
On behalf of Members, the Council liaises with governments, development agencies, media, trade bodies, unions, civil society, non-governmental organizations, partners, market organizations and other stakeholders on specific sector issues to create an enabling environment for the floriculture industry locally and abroad.
With cooperation and support of associate members and other partners, the Council organizes and participates in industry promotion events in Belgium, UK, Holland, USA, Italy, Japan, Germany, Korea, Russia, and France. The Council also participates in international flower fairs and promotions across Europe including Germany, Holland, Russia, Japan, Korea, Kenya and USA.
The Council has a solid engagement with the Government of Kenya through different Ministries including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, whereby KFC is represented in the Bilateral and Multilateral trade negotiations e.g. EU / East African communities (EAC) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs), AGOA, COMESA etc. KFC actively participates in the National Task Force for Horticulture as well as ministerial sector forums. Other Ministries in this network include the Ministries of National Treasury; Water, Irrigation and Natural Resources; Interior; Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; East African Affairs Commerce and Tourism and Labour and Social Security Services. We are also an active member of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and Agricultural Employers Association (AEA).
At the international level, the Council networks with key partners and development stakeholders such as the COLEACP, GLOBALG.A.P., Union Fleurs, Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI), Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP), Horticulture Council of Africa (HCA), European Development Fund (EDF), Dutch Government, British High Commission, and USAID.
The Kenya Flower Council Certification Scheme is guided by an Accredited Quality System Regulations that defines the management, auditing and certification process. Producer Members subscribe to the Flowers and Ornamentals Sustainability Standard (F.O.S.S) audited annually.
Producers are awarded either Silver or Gold Certificate after complying with all the requirements of the certification category applied for.
The F.O.S.S is based on environmental and socio-economic principles which ensure certified producers foster sustainable, responsible and safe production of cut flowers and ornamentals. The Standard covers governance, good agricultural practice,human resource management and workers welfare, health & safety, environmental protection & conservation, and post-harvest management.
In early 2016, the F.O.S.S was added in the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) basket of Sustainable Standards. Compared with other recognized standards on the International Trade Centre (ITC) Standards Map, the F.O.S.S stands out as one of the most robust standards in the basket so far. The Standard has also been benchmarked with GLOBALG.A.P. FO version 4 as equivalent. The Certification Scheme works in partnership with other certification scheme stakeholders in flower business e.g. UK Supermarkets (TESCO PLC, Sainsbury, Waitrose, e.t.c); Flower Auctions in the EU, Japan, and USA. The Standard also embraces the requirements of the International Code of Conduct (ICC), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI).
Over the last 20 years the Council has continually reviewed the Standard in line with emerging issues, and we are proud to note the standard is now internationally recognized through the FSI and the ITC standards map.
THE VISION: “To be the lead organization in the provision of representational, self-regulation and promotion services for the floriculture industry in Kenya.”
THE STRATEGY: Active participation in the formulation and implementation of policies governing sustainable development of the floriculture sector
THE MISSION: To promote economic, social and political interests of the floriculture industry through active participation in the determination and implementation of policies governing sustainable development of the sector
KFC is guided by the values of integrity, transparency, accountability competency and professionalism to foster:
- responsible and safe production of cut flowers and related products with due regard to the interest of the markets, community and the environment
- safe working environment for all farm staff
- business compliance with the laws of Kenya
- operation within the highest level of accountability and transparency