What is KDV?

KDV advocates sustainable pig farming, enabling everyone to enjoy responsibly raised pork. By sustainable we mean: continual improvements in animal welfare and the environment. This involves a comprehensive approach, which distinguishes us from single-issue initiatives. We are a 100% Dutch chain, with more than 300 affiliated farms, meat processors, butchers and retailers.

Our foundation

The Sustainable Pork Value Chain (KDV) advocates sustainable pig farming, enabling everyone to enjoy responsibly raised pork. By sustainable we mean: continual improvements in animal welfare and the environment. This involves a comprehensive approach, which distinguishes us from single-issue initiatives. We are a 100% Dutch chain, with more than 300 affiliated farms, meat processors, butchers and retailers.

Our requirements

No quality mark can exist without a watertight control system. All KDV farmers are therefore visited annually and checked by independent chain regulator De Hoeve Certificering. This gives us the assurance that each farm meets the criteria for the environment and animal welfare. But again we want to take things a step further. We believe the best audit is achieved by means of a proactive approach rather than a passive, annual snapshot. We make sure we have continuous insight into the performance of each farm. We achieve this by means of modern technology as well as old- fashioned farm visits.

How is the monitoring?

The audits of the KDV criteria are performed by two companies: De Hoeve Certificering, which performs the audits, and certification body CGD BV (CGD), which certifies the chain independently. In addition to the audits by De Hoeve Certificering and CGD, all pig farmers are annually audited by Producert or Verin within the scope of Integrated Chain Management (IKB). This involves auditing the IKB certificate as well as the GlobalG.A.P. ADD-ON module for Pigs of Tomorrow and certification for 1-star Better Life.

Board of advice

The Stichting Keten Duurzaam Varkensvlees was set up by companies in the pork sector who stand for sustainable change in the industry: Westfort Meat products and De Hoeve. After the association was set up, an Advisory Board was appointed, and part of its remit is to ensure that the Keten Duurzaam Varkensvlees focuses on the needs of consumers, companies and the industry. The Advisory Board critically evaluates our innovations and contributes ideas. This means we are always proactively aligning ourselves with current and future developments.

Our board of advice

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KDV

Do you want to know in detail what KDV criteria are and how to ensure it? Download the full certification criteria here.

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