SIZA, the Sustainability Initiative of South Africa, provides a platform for agricultural stakeholders to ensure ethical and environmentally sustainable trade. This platform monitors care for the environment and compliance with labour legislation. Our aim is to encourage continuous improvement in practices over time in excess of the minimum legal requirements. We engage directly with our stakeholders throughout the value chain in order to identify needs and issues. Interventions and support tools are created by measuring member compliance over time.
The Sustainability Initiative of South Africa NPC, a membership based programme designed to assist growers with ethical labour practice compliance whilst minimizing costs. It is a South African standard, developed, owned and operated in South Africa but aligned to Global best practices through the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP). SIZA aims to have a cost effective approach for growers by supplying one standard and one audit no matter which market a producer supplies.
SIZA membership is currently growing rapidly as guided by an effective and modern technology platform. At the end of November 2016 we had a membership of 1523 with 270 new registrations and 976 renewals since the 1st of January 2016. 271 ethical audits were done and uploaded to the Platform since January 2016.
The future of farm certification begins.
Somerset West / Berlin, 9th february 2017: With a mutual press conference during the Fruit Logistica, SIZA was showcased by their new partner GLOBALG.A.P.
The partnership with GLOBALG.A.P. was a great achievement for the south African initiative. By recognizing GLOBALG.A.P. certification as the foundation and pre-requisite for a SIZA audits, SIZA can reduce duplication for SA farms. The partnership with GLOBALG.A.P. allowed us to display the SIZA audit in the GLOBALG.A.P. database, so that buyers can review the status of our South African growers via a GGN search and bookmarking in one place.
"SIZA aims through the platform, to give visibility throughout the value chain to retailers and exporters on their members."
"Both the industry and the retailers see SIZA as a solution for the fruit industry to manage international ethical labour practice requirements and to farm cost effectively. "
"SIZA aims to have a cost effective approach for growers by supplying one standard and one audit no matter which market a producer supplies."