Corporate social responsibility
Gova is a nursery that values corporate responsibility, in terms of social policy, the environment and transparency. We believe that getting the best out of people and resources is the key to a better, more sustainable and inclusive future.
The social aspect plays a major role at Gova. We believe that everyone should have the chance of meaningful employment. Half of the team in our nursery consists of people who experience additional barriers in the labour market. These are employees who face challenges due to a physical or learning disability, or a mental health issue, meaning they require extra guidance in the work process.
Our inclusive employment practices have not gone unnoticed. We received the Participatieprijs West-Brabant (West-Brabant Participation Prize) in October 2017. We are ambassadors for Participeren Loont (It Pays To Participate) and Brabants Besten (Best of Brabant), and we also provide information to other entrepreneurs to encourage them to pursue an inclusive labour policy.
In May 2021, we were awarded the Groene Pluim, which is given to companies that set a good example in sustainability and in the social field.
A sustainable environment
Because we believe it is important to grow our plants in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way:
GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit & Vegetables
For delivery to supermarkets or other retailers, GLOBALG.A.P. F&V is an excellent certificate confirming proper and safe production, and the safety and hygiene of products. The certification scheme meets the requirements for the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI), which benchmarks a vast array of standards and certifications.
Good working conditions play an important role for many traders and consumers. For floriculture, they are also looking for a safe cultivation method and product origin. International supermarket chains are also increasingly focusing on the social aspects of business operations, in addition to environmental requirements.
This certification aims to encourage sustainable business practices by providing a ‘yardstick’ that demonstrates the extent to which business practices are environmentally friendly. Every day we record any fertilizers and plant protection agents we have used, and that is compared to the standards for our plant species. MPS-ABC is made up of several levels, namely MPS-A, MPS-B and MPS-C, with MPS-A being the most environmentally friendly. We are proud to say that we have held this ‘A’ status for many years.
All kinds of certificates are only valuable if you communicate about them transparently. MPS-ProductProof is a system where the use of crop protection agents is recorded within 24 hours and independent sampling can demonstrate that certain active substances have not been used in cultivation. We publish the results of these sampling visits and analyses publicly through MPS, and they are available for anyone to view. Traders, retailers and consumers demand transparency, and we as a grower can provide it.