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 April 2017 we had a membership of 1534 with 353 new registrations and 1135 renewals since the 1st of January 2016. 420 ethical audits were done and uploaded to the Platform since November 2015.
WWF SA has been developing and testing a sustainable farming tool, with the end goal of using this as the foundation of the environmental module within the SIZA platform, to complement the existing social standard of sustainability. Given the recent traffic of interest in environmental standards, SIZA, in conjunction with WWF SA, has developed a comprehensive Environmental standard which has been benchmarked against several prominent international environmental standards to ensure a compatible level of assurance, while taking into consideration locally relevant environmental issues. An additional SAQ based on the SIZA Environmental standard will be available on the SIZA Platform effective by the 1st of July 2017.
"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."