Cut Flower

Study Period – July 2005

The main purpose of this study was to measure the social impact of the adoption of codes of practice (COP) on the cut flower industry in Kenya. It involved assessing the impact of codes of practice on workers, employers and to some extent the local communities. The project aimed at identifying the positive and negative impacts of the codes using the views of different stakeholder groups. The study adopted a comparative design in that it compared the impacts of adoption or non-adoption of corporate codes of practice and changes over time.

The study findings were meant, among other things, to inform policy makers, donors and other key stakeholders with regard to the role of codes of practice in development planning and poverty alleviation in particular. The study took a comparative longitudinal approach between code adopting and non-code adopting farms and the changes that existed and those that occur over time. A total of 12 farms, equally distributed between adopters and non-adopters were visited and interviewed. Issues covered included the characteristics of the farms, what may have changed over time and a comparative analysis of code adopting and non-code adopting farms.