Driven by sustainability


Driven by sustainability





MPS-HCS’s activities transferred to DLVge on 1 June


On the way to a more ‘lean and mean’ organisation, over the past few months MPS has spoken about the activities of MPS-HCS as part of the MPS Group. MPS-HCS supports, guides, and trains breeders and growers that are working to achieve certification, such as MPS and ISO certification and other sustainability certificates. Besides giving advice and organising workshops and training courses, the online tool My Digital Handbook (Mijn Digitale Handboek) is also an important resource for breeders and growers.

However, MPS-HCS’s advisory tasks can conflict with MPS’s work as the owner of certification schemes and MPS-ECAS as an independent certification body. After all, MPS-HCS’s work is assessed by MPS-ECAS auditors, and there is a risk of a conflict of interest. However, MPS-HCS’s activities are very compatible with the ‘one-stop-service’ concept that the MPS Group wants to offer its customers so that it can provide maximum added value when facilitating sustainability in the sector.

In light of the above considerations, it was decided to transfer MPS-HCS’s activities to a preferred supplier from 1 June 2018. In the coming weeks, the advisory tasks will be transferred to DLVge, Greenhouse Consultancy, Horti House, Violierenweg 3, 2665 MV, Bleiswijk ( DLVge is an established firm with a wealth of experience in greenhouse horticulture consulting, both nationally and internationally. Customers can continue to rely on the trusted quality and services to which they are accustomed. Continuity and quality guaranteed! In addition, MPS Commerce & Support remains responsible as the first point of contact for breeders and growers who want to become certified or take the next step on the road to sustainability. My Digital Handbook will also remain available as one of the products and services offered by MPS. If you have any questions, please contact Niek Nielen, MPS Commercial Manager, at e-mail:


Farming without chemicals - how?

Foodlog held its first conference at the end of March. The conference theme was: ‘Farming without chemicals - how?’. Koppert Biological Systems in Berkel and Rodenrijs hosted the 150 participants. MPS was represented by Harold Beek, who is in charge of MPS Management and the development of certification schemes. During the conference, twelve experts spoke about the future of sustainable agriculture and horticulture.

MPS customer portal innovation

In line with its ambitions in the field of innovation, MPS is working on the further digitisation of the process of certifying, auditing and facilitating the availability of data. Early this month, an important step was taken in this area with the introduction of a fully redesigned customer portal for trade & retail. This release includes the requirements of traders so that the customer portal is geared to what customers regard as important.

MPS innovates, MOTIVATES and facilitates

Based on MPS’s ambitions to make sustainability transparent and measurable together with the sector, MPS acts as a facilitating, innovative and motivational organisation. Even in the case of sustainability, it starts by motivating people. How do we do that? Among other things, by holding presentations for a range of target groups.

MPS Group focuses on innovation and reorganises duties
MPS-ECAS director steps down

jacqueswolbertAs of 1 April 2018, Jacques Wolbert will step down from his position as director of MPS-ECAS. In consultation with and with approval from the MPS board, he has decided to resign from his post. Last year, he led a reorganisation of duties and processes within MPS-ECAS, which saw the ECAS organisation adopt a more lean and mean organisational structure as an independent part of the MPS Group. As a result of this reorganisation, his duties as MPS-ECAS director no longer met Jacques Wolbert’s personal ambitions. MPS would like to thank him for the more than 22 years that he has been active for the MPS-Group of which 7 years as he spent leading MPS-ECAS as a professional certification institute.

MPS innovates, motivates, facilitates and makes sustainability more transparent and measurable