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, a membership based non-profit company, 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 SIZA ethical programme subscribes to being improvement‐led rather than audit‐led and uses the SIZA Audit Frequency Matrix to support this position. To date it comprised four categories of risk (A, B, C, and D) where category A had the most stringent qualifying criteria (i.e., a five-year audit period).
Agriculture is a rapidly changing environment and therefore it was decided that from the 1st of May 2017, the audit frequency categories will change to Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze, where Platinum will no longer be a five-year audit period, but a three-year audit period.
Previously allocated audit periods will not change but will stay as is. Remember that the SIZA Audit Frequency Matrix is an indication, but if the market you supply has different specifications, you have to adhere to their requirements. SIZA has various activities and actions in place to mitigate and manage risk. While a third party audit is an important component of this, it is the activities between audits that support sustainable improvement. Therefore please remember that you have to renew your membership and update your SAQ annually.
"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."