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 manage risks and 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 compliance and environmental assurance 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, called MySIZA. At the end of September 2019 we had a membership of 2077 with 220 new registrations since the 1st of January 2019. 635 social/ethical audits were done in 2019 and uploaded to the Platform.
1348 Environmental Self-assessment Questionnaires (SAQ's) were completed and approved since September 2017.
Across the 3 platforms (SIZA, Sedex and GlobalG.A.P) SIZA is now link to 209 businesses that operates in 17 different markets.
As a control measure, SIZA, along with its relevant stakeholders and contingency committees, understands the effect that the new COVID-19 regulations will have on all businesses, citizens, and relevant role-players around the world. It is therefore important that all parties involved practice understanding during this time and allow for necessary changes to be implemented to ensure global and national food security. If you follow the link below you will see a document where we describe how the SIZA Social (Ethical) audit process will be conducted, during the COVID-19 lockdown period.SIZA Audit Procedure during COVID-19
"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."