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 (SIZA), a membership based free standing, non-profit company, designed to assist growers with ethical labour and environmental practice compliance whilst minimizing costs. It is a South African standard, developed, owned and operated in South Africa but aligned to global best practices. 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 growing rapidly as guided by an effective and modern technology platform. At the end of December 2018 we had a membership of 1855 with 502 new registrations since the 1st of March 2017. 1086 social/ethical audits were done and uploaded to the Platform since November 2015.
633 Environmental Self-assessment Questionnaires (SAQ's) were completed and approved since September 2017.
Due to global market requirements, all audit companies and auditors will need to be registered with the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA), by 1 February 2019. The registration number of the Auditor and the Audit Entity must be visible on all Audit Reports after the given deadline. We urge all our members to verify auditors and audit companies by enquiring about their APSCA status when scheduling an audit. SIZA has ensured that all approved audit companies are aware of these requirements and implement measures to ensure compliance.
"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."