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 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 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 growing rapidly as guided by an effective and modern technology platform. At the end of February 2018 we had a membership of 1676 with 292 new registrations since the 1st of March 2017. 738 social/ethical audits were done and uploaded to the Platform since November 2015.
216 Environmental Self-assessment Questionnaires (SAQ's) were completed and approved since September 2017.
We’re pleased to announce that Eyes Wide Open has been awarded the Gold World Medal for Instruction & Education at the 2018 New York Festivals International TV & Films Awards!
Eyes Wide Open is a short awareness raising and training film developed for Stronger Together South Africa to highlight the indicators of forced labour in the South African fruit and wine producing industries. Stronger Together South Africa is a partnership programme delivered by Stronger Together, WIETA and SIZA. The programme is designed to support South African fruit and wine producers to address and reduce the risks of forced labour in their businesses and supply chains through free interactive training workshops and specialist pragmatic resources including a best practice toolkit. The film is available in Afrikaans, English, Xhosa and Zulu and can be watched online at www.stronger2gether.org.
Eyes Wide Open was produced by Clever Little Monkey and was also awarded a Finalist Certificate in the Human Concerns category.
"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."