The Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA) was established as a pro-active response by the South African fruit industry under the mantle of Fruit South Africa to promote sound and ongoing improvement of ethical labour practices on South African fruit farms and pack houses. It is a holistic programme that identifies problems that may exist, usually by way of an independent third- party audit and responds with appropriate support and interventions, including awareness-raising and the facilitating of relevant capacity-building programmes. While the SIZA programme has been initiated by the fruit industry, it has a multi-sector focus which is applicable and open to all agricultural industries in South Africa.
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 2015 we had a membership of 1272 members of which only 651 were active. At the end of July 2016 we had a membership of 1423 with 166 new registrations and 546 renewals over the last 6 months.
Over the last couple of months some issues were experienced on the SIZA Platform with the following – so please take note of the information below:
Please remember that your membership with SIZA needs to be renewed annually on/before the anniversary date that you registered with SIZA for the very first time. When you renew your membership there are 3 things to do:
"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."