FLP has asserted better working conditions for some 20,000 workers on cut-flower plantations in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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14.02.2012

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NGOs and trade unions are withdrawing from the Flower Label Program e.V. (FLP). Financial problems mean that FLP cannot carry out any farm controls in the near future. There is now a high risk that the quality certificate will be put to misuse.

As of 31 December 2011, the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) FIAN Germany, FIAN Austria, Brot für die Welt, terre des homes, the One World Center Herne and the German Construction-Agriculture-Environment Trade Union (IG BAU) withdrew their membership in the Flower Label Program e.V. (FLP). The reasons these organisations gave in January 2012 for leaving the association were the substantive changes in the association and the financial collapse of the quality seal. Up to that time, FLP e.V. had consisted of four interest groups: human rights organisations, trade unions, trading companies and flower-growing enterprises.

FLP was no longer economically viable last year; the offices in Cologne (Germany) and Quito (Ecuador) had already closed. This was due to the considerable number of members who left the association and the de-certification of FLP companies.

Substantive differences centred on whether FLP should be transferred to Fairtrade. NGOs and trade unions had not succeeded in pushing through this proposal with producers and traders.

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