Code Of Practice
The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association Code of Practice is the result of an initiative taken by the sector to introduce a voluntary system of continuous professional and technical development, monitoring and self-regulation into the sector and is designed to address market and civil society concerns about standards for social and environmental performance in the sector and also to guide the sustainable development of the sector .
How the Code was developed
The Code has been developed by a multi-stake holder group comprising EHPEA members, Government Ministries, the confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions, the international Labour Organization in designing the Code consideration was was given to:
- The relevant Law of Ethiopia
- The concerns of Ethiopian Civil Society
- The needs of the farms
- The key concerns of the international flower market
The Code that produced contains standards for:
- Systems and record keeping
- Good Agricultural Practices
- Protection of the Environment
- Occupational Safety and Health
- Employment practices
The Code is designed to have three levels
The Benefits of Implementation
- Code Provide useful guidance about standards and systems so it is a good management tool for tropics that have not previously received the necessary attention.
- Farm staff performance and commitment to the farm improves as a result of the training and support provided by the Association and Stakeholders.
- Farm staff realize that they can be successful and make changes that improve practices on the farm.
- They have put systems in place that make routine management and progress to international labels easier .
- Farm employees benefit from improvement to farm safety and facilities.
- Standards of waste management have improved
- Country profile as seen by flower buyers has improved.