Freshcare Environmental is a comprehensive, outcomes-based assurance program, designed to help growers achieve and demonstrate real environmental outcomes on-farm, to give customers and consumers assurance that fresh produce has been grown and packed with care for the environment.
Download a copy of the Environmental Standard (ENV3)
The Environmental program has two parts:
- Management: covers areas like documentation, training, and internal audit, and customer requirements.
- Environment: for areas like land and soil, biosecurity, water, biodiversity, waste, and resource use.
While you’re investing in a sustainable future for the environment and us all, we’re here to support you meet and maintain the environmental programs’ essential practices and criteria.
It is a requirement that all businesses participating in the Freshcare Environmental program, have at least one business representative complete training.
Freshcare training ensures each participating business has a full understanding of the Code and program requirements; how they are applicable to their business; and what needs to be implemented and prepared to demonstrate compliance at audit.
Freshcare training options include group courses; one-on-one; and online (coming soon).
Details of training options and providers can be found here: Freshcare Training.
Freshcare training prepares participants for integrating the Freshcare Environmental program requirements into their business production and operating systems.
Training course materials include template record keeping documents and resource materials to provide assistance and further information.
Some elements of the ENV3 Code will require verification testing be completed. It is recommended that all verification testing be completed prior to audit.
Once the Environmental program has been implemented within your business, and required records have been established, you can prepare for a third-party audit to verify compliance.
To become Freshcare certified you must first successfully complete and pass an audit. To schedule an Environmental audit contact a Freshcare approved Certification Body.
Freshcare Environmental audits can be conducted at any time of year, unlike FSQ audits which are required to be undertaken during your harvest period. It is recommended that if you participate in both Freshcare FSQ and ENV, a combined audit be arranged to offer savings in time and costs – see Combined Audits.
All Freshcare Certification Bodies have auditors who are able to audit across a number of industry standards (not just Freshcare). Therefore you may be able to schedule your Freshcare audit with other industry standards / on farm management programs as required. To organise a combined audit you must advise the Certification Body at the time of booking.
The various Freshcare Codes of Practice have been developed for ease of integration and combined certification audits. Therefore if you are participating in more than one Freshcare program such as Food Safety & Quality and Environmental, please advise the Certification Body when booking your audit to ensure a suitably qualified auditor is available.
Once you have successfully completed an audit and resolved any corrective actions raised, a Freshcare certificate will be issued via your Certification Body.
A copy of your certificate is also available via your FreshcareOnline login.
For promotional purposes, Freshcare Certified businesses can utilise the Freshcare Environmental certification mark. For more information, access and rules of use for certification marks, email: email@example.com.
To maintain your Freshcare Environmental certification, annual audits are required to be undertaken.