our warehouses are RA certified.
“We are the first retailer in the world to
Kim says that Costco has always had confidence in its suppliers, having taken great
pains to make sure they were in compliance
with Costco’s own exacting standards, and
this certification process confirmed her trust.
“Not many vendors that Costco had previously worked with needed to make any
improvements in order to meet this certification,” she says. “They already met those standards.” But she says that RA certification is an
official way to assure the company, and Costco
members, that the beautiful flowers they get
in the warehouse are not causing harm to the
people who grow them.
—T. Foster Jones
A rose is a (certified)
rose at Costco
OUR LOVE FOR flowers knows no bounds,
or boundaries. Currently, 90 percent of the
cut flowers imported into the United States
come from Colombia, Ecuador or another
South American country and, since the
mid-1980s, growers there have been increasing their production of roses, carnations
and other blooms.
Unfortunately, flower cultivation has
often come at the expense of healthy ecosystems and the well-being of workers and surrounding communities.
However, after a four-year-long process
of research, experimentation and field trials,
the Rainforest Alliance (RA), an organization that sets standards for sustainability
that conserves wildlife and wild lands and
promotes the well-being of workers and
their communities, and its partners in the
Sustainable Agriculture Network, a consortium of nine leading environmental
groups in Latin America, have developed
certification standards for responsible
flower and fern farm management.
The standards protect ecosystems and
wildlife habitats, conserve water and soil,
promote decent and safe working conditions
and ensure that the farms are good neighbors
to rural communities and wild lands.
“A little more than a year ago, in May 2007,
the first two farms were Rainforest Alliance
certified,” says Kim Thomas, Costco’s flower
buyer. “There are now approximately 60 farms.
And, as of June 15, 2008,
all roses purchased
from South America
by Costco and sold in
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