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VeriFlora Responsibly Managed Peatland


November 29, 2010
By Dave Harrison

Nov. 29, 2010 – Berger Peat Moss, an ISO 9001 certified business since
1996, can now display a new certification for the management of their
peat harvesting sites, VeriFlora® – Responsibly Managed Peatland.

Nov. 29, 2010 – Berger Peat Moss, an ISO 9001 certified business since 1996, can now display a new certification for the management of their peat harvesting sites, VeriFlora® – Responsibly Managed Peatland.

The certification was recently developed in a collaborative effort among members of the scientific community, environmental organizations, government departments related to the peatland sector, and the peat industry. (http://www.tourbehorticole.com/en/responsible-production/index.php).

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At Tourbières Berger, quality management remains a priority in all aspects of their operations. “To ensure the consistency and quality of our products, ISO 9001:2008 standards are useful for our internal operations and they inspire confidence among our clients,” explains quality supervisor Tony Dumont. “Now, with VeriFlora standards, environmental and social monitoring is assured and validated by an auditor.”

VeriFlora® – Responsibly Managed Peatland certified businesses (www.veriflora.com) are required to comply with specific criteria and their compliance is validated through external audits completed by an independent third party. Certification takes into account the following elements:
• Responsible management of peatland.
• Protection and conservation of ecosystems.
• Conservation of resources and energy efficiency.
• Integrated waste management.
• Equitable working conditions.
• Benefits to the community.
• Quality of products.

VeriFlora® – Responsibly Managed Peatland certification also involves a plan for ongoing improvements among certified businesses that encompasses environmental and social aspects of operations as well as quality management of products. “Berger Peat Moss’s commitment to the standards of VeriFlora norm is very significant,” says the company’s chief executive officer, Claudin Berger. “We are proud of the work we’ve accomplished and we will continue along this path over the long term.”


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