In a first for a coir substrate supplier, Cocogreen, has joined the LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) organisation.
Under the Cocogreen LEAF membership umbrella is Cocogreen's UK sales and marketing office as well as the company's subsidiaries in Sri Lanka, which incorporate the full supply chain under the direct ownership and control of Cocogreen.
This includes 2,000ha of coconut plantations, 214ha of coir raw material processing sites, two screening facilities, six calcium nitrate treatment sites and the company's four manufacturing hubs for final compression and packing, covering 26,000sqm combined.
The membership is also the first for any Sri Lankan business, making Cocogreen's subsidiary in Sri Lanka the only LEAF Corporate member in the region.
The move is the result of background work between Cocogreen, LEAF, some of the company's largest LEAF marque growers and agreements with several supermarket chains.
The objective is to provide the missing 'Link between environment and Farming' and the coir substrate supply chain.
Cocogreen says its corporate membership forms the first milestone towards greater transparency about responsible environmental practices in the production and supply of coir substrate to consumers, retailers and growers.
Cocogreen sales and marketing dorector Thomas Ogden said: "In recent years, Cocogreen has seen an increase in demand for information from growers about the environmental responsible practices of our coir manufacturing business, particularly regarding assurance about raw material sourcing away from conservation zones amongst other topics. The demand reaches a peak under audits from LEAF, Red Tractor and retailers, on growers' [customers] sites.
"Furthermore the quality of information required during auditing has also increased, showing a stricter enforcement of environmental policies by retailers and growers on their immediate supply chain. As growers' environmental policies and compliance with LEAF has strengthened and coir substrates use gained significantly in popularity, we believe focus is extending further back into the supply chain, past the grower, and namely onto the raw material sources, to which Cocogreen coir substrate products are the market-leading coir growing medias in the UK.
"Our long term strategic partnership with LEAF sets out key milestones over the coming years to increase the body of evidence available from Cocogreen to growers, retailers and consumers for auditing purposes, essentially bringing another link further back in the coir substrate supply chain between environment and farming; benefitting not just LEAF members but also the wider UK agriculture industry."