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 currently growing rapidly as guided by an effective and modern technology platform. At the end of June 2017 we had a membership of 1547 with 380 new registrations and 1180 renewals since the 1st of January 2016. 523 ethical audits were done and uploaded to the Platform since November 2015.
SIZA has recently gone through several benchmarking and review processes to ensure the standard remains relevant, both locally and internationally. This resulted in an updated social Self-Assessment Questionnaire on the Platform (SIZA Social SAQ) with some new questions and sections.
From the 13th of July 2017, all new members, as well as existing members that renew their subscriptions, will have to complete the new 2017 version of the SIZA SAQ. SAQ’s which were completed before the 13th of July will remain static till the next renewal date.
It is critically important for the SIZA program to stay relevant, not only against local law requirements, but also internationally.
"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."