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Embracing Continuous Improvement in Responsible Peatland Management

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April 13, 2022

Embracing Continuous Improvement in Responsible Peatland Management

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022.1 p.m.-2 p.m. (EDT)


  • Pierre-Olivier Sauvageau, Resource Counselor, Berger
  • Pierre-Olivier Jean, Natural Resource Manager, Premier Tech Horticulture
  • Tania Garcia Bravo, Technical Resources, Sun Gro
  • Kevin Warner, Director of ESG Certifications & Strategy, SCS Global Services

Hosted by Canadian Horticultural Peat Producers and SCS Global Services

Since 2012, members of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) have actively participated in the world’s gold standard for sustainable horticulture – Responsibly Managed Peatlands: A Veriflora® Standard for Responsible Horticultural Peat Moss Production. Certification to this standard guarantees the application of good management practices in all aspects of sustainable development. The program is administered by an independent certification body, SCS Global Services (SCS), which is one of the most recognized auditing and certification bodies in North America.

In celebration of this 10th anniversary, CSPMA and SCS will be showcasing the benefits of the Responsibly Managed Peatlands certification in a webinar on Wednesday, April 13th at 1:00 pm (EDT). The webinar, “Embracing Continuous Improvement in Responsible Peatland Management” will take a deep dive into the implementation of the audit process with three certified peat producers covering peatland restoration and greenhouse gas inventories.

“The certification not only provides concrete industry guidance for responsible management of the resource but provides growers and customers purchasing Veriflora® Certified products the peace of mind that they’re purchasing a product where Canadian producers guarantee fair labour practices, strict ecosystem protection, resource conservation, and community engagement, among others,” said Asha Hingorani, President of the CSPMA.

What does Responsibly Managed Peatlands Certification mean?

The tenets of the Responsibly Managed Peatlands program include:

  • Environmental Responsibility: Protecting and building soil health, conserving water, and energy, reducing climate impacts, properly managing waste, and supporting healthy ecosystems.
  • Social Responsibility: Promoting healthy workplaces and communities
  • Economic Responsibility: Reinforcing the long term, economic viability of agriculture operations and achieving benchmark quality levels.

“Economic, social and environmental responsibility are the pillars of commitment for certified companies, who operate in a way that preserves peatlands for future generations, reduces stress on the environment and improves the welfare of workers and nearby communities,” added Hingorani. 

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Why attend the webinar:

Join SCS and Canadian peat producers from Berger, Premier Tech Horticulture and Sun Gro for an in-depth look at the benefits of being certified to the Responsibly Managed Peatlands Program. The webinar will cover:

    • The Audit Process
    • Peatland Restoration
    • Greenhouse Gas Inventories

About the CSPMA

The CSPMA is the Canadian national association of horticultural peat moss producers. The association is devoted to promoting responsible management of Canadian peatlands. CSPMA provides support to and advocacy for its members and leadership in environmental and social stewardship, as well as economic well-being and food security related to Canadian peatland resources use.

About SCS Global Services

Founded in 1984, SCS Global Services is a global leader in third-party environmental, sustainability, and food safety verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in natural resource management, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, supply chains, climate mitigation and more. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Africa. Its broad network of auditors are experts in their fields, and the company is a trusted partner to companies, agencies, and advocacy organizations due to its dedication to quality and professionalism. SCS is a chartered Benefit Corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. For more information, visit

For more information

Asha Hingorani

CSPMA President

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