FAQs – frequently asked questions

What you always wanted to know: On this page, we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

GGN – the label for more transparency

Where can I find the GGN label?

The GGN label is located on the packaging of flowers or ornamental plants which are certified according to the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard and have therefore been grown responsibly and safely.

What does the GGN label mean?

The GGN label stands for certification according to the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard and assures buyers that they are purchasing a flower or plant that meets our environmental, occupational safety and employee welfare requirements. These are checked regularly by us. You can find out more about our standard here.

Where can I find information on farmers using the GGN label?

By entering the GGN that can be found on the packaging in the input field at GGN.ORG, you will receive detailed information about the farmer of your product. More information about the flower and plant breeders working with us can be found here.

What does GGN stand for?

GGN is the abbreviation for GLOBALG.A.P. Number.

What does the number mean?

You can find the GGN on the packaging of your flower or ornamental plant – provided the farmer works in accordance with our GLOBALG.A.P. Standard for responsible agriculture. As soon as you enter this number into the search field, you will find out which farmer is behind your flower or plant and can thus transparently trace the origin.

What is behind the GGN?

As GLOBALG.A.P., we award the GGN to farmers who grow flowers and ornamental plants safely and responsibly according to our standards. This gives you the possibility of easily retracing the origin of your purchased product.

No plants with GGN label are sold at my local flower shop or supermarket. What can I do?

Many shops already have products that are certified by us – but unfortunately not all of them. If you cannot find any products with GGN label in your local point of purchase, please talk to the respective employees. Ask them to inform their management about your purchase request.

GLOBALG.A.P. – the standard behind the label

What is GLOBALG.A.P.?

G.A.P. stands for good agricultural practices – and GLOBALG.A.P. is the worldwide standard that ensures these practices. We are a non-profit organization with an important goal: The safe and sustainable production of food as well as of flowers and ornamental plants all over the world. To do so, we use a voluntary standard for the worldwide certification of agricultural products. More and more farmers are now taking part and, together with suppliers and buyers, are taking the opportunity to develop the standard together with us.

What products does the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard cover?

GLOBALG.A.P. Certification is available for three scopes: Crops (currently fresh fruit and vegetables in particular), livestock and aquaculture.

What work steps are covered by the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard?

The scope of certification covers all important production steps, from the procurement of seed and plant material to the suitability of the site, the use of water, fertilizer and plant protection products, work safety and health protection right up to harvesting and packaging. The farmers must always keep an eye on environmental and animal protection as well as the social concerns of their employees. When planting young plants, they have to be cultivated on the farm for a certain period of time (depending on the plant species) in order to carry the GGN label.

Can I be sure that a product with GGN label comes from a certified farm?

GLOBALG.A.P. has developed its own standard for the journey from farm to retail. This ensures that a product that is sold with GGN label comes from a certified farm. It also places stringent requirements on the separation of certified and non-certified products in the further stages of the supply chain.

What does a farmer have to do to get a certificate?

GLOBALG.A.P. Certification takes three steps:

  1. The farmer informs himself about the relevant GLOBALG.A.P. Standard and performs a self-check to see if he complies with all points.
  2. He then contacts a certification body that is active in his country, and arranges an appointment for the initial inspection. An inspector then checks on location whether all the requirements of the standard are met.
  3. If upon inspection all GLOBALG.A.P. criteria are deemed to have been met, a GLOBALG.A.P. Certificate is issued.
Who then checks whether the farmer keeps to the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard?

The certification body checks once a year whether compliance with all criteria is still ensured. In addition, unannounced inspections are also carried out.

Why are farms certified according to GLOBALG.A.P.?

There are a lot of reasons for the farmers involved to be certified. Using the GGN label, they can demonstrate to their customers that their products have been grown safely and sustainably and the employees have good and socially fair working conditions.

Which flowers and ornamental plants can carry the GGN label?

In principle, all flowers and ornamental plants can be certified: From cut roses and orchids in pots to rolled turf and Christmas trees. Simply check for the GGN label on the packaging when making your next purchase.

What distinguishes flowers and plants with GGN label from conventional flowers and plants?

You can be sure that flowers and plants with GGN label have been cultivated responsibly. Our farmers adhere strictly to the requirements of the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard. The GGN label thus stands for the three pillars of responsibility: environmental protection, social justice and efficiency. In addition, it also takes into account the issue of occupational safety. Find out here what this means for the work of farmers and our promise to you.

How are flowers and ornamental plants with GGN label protected from pests and diseases?

Our farmers always keep a close eye on the health of their flowers and ornamental plants. In order to protect the plants from pests and diseases, they first consider biological and mechanical measures. Only if these measures have no effect, authorized plant protection products are used. Our farmers always pay attention to the fact that their employees are trained for the handling of plant protection products and are protected by appropriate work clothing. Furthermore, they also do everything they can to keep the impact on the environment as low as possible.

Responsibilty

Why is it important to look out for products from responsible plant cultivation?

The GGN label links to farms that have adopted environmentally friendly production methods, in which care is taken to preserve soil fertility, protect plants in the best possible and gentle way, enable biodiversity, and provide employees with safe and socially acceptable working conditions. This conserves resources and secures the livelihood of the present and future global population.