The South African fruit industry took a decision to respond to the need to provide retailers and their consumers with assurances of fair labour practices in their supply base, by supporting the development of a single South African based ethical standard and programme that would meet all retailer requirements.
The ethical trade programme has been formalized in 2016 as the Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA), a not-for-profit membership based free standing organization which will be the custodian of an ethical and environmental standard and who will oversee the ethical trade and environmental initiatives for not only fruit anymore, but agriculture in South Africa. The programme aim to harmonise ethical and environmental code requirements in order to assist growers with ethical labour practice compliance and environmental stewardship whilst minimizing costs.
SIZA is open to producers, exporters, importers, retailers and other stakeholders across the supply chain. Membership fees are used to sustain SIZA and support ongoing improvement of working conditions and environmental assurance on farms through identifying needs and building local capacity to respond with appropriate interventions. SIZA focuses on development and continuous improvement.
SIZA oversee the rollout of the ethical and environmental programme throughout all provinces and agricultural sectors in South Africa and it ensure effective communication to the industry and stakeholders. SIZA is proud to have an efficient, well designed, world class platform (MySIZA) which creates visibility and access to accurate and credible audit data. The platform profiles non-compliances, best practices and risks and monitor pro-active corrective actions and awareness driving continuous improvement, remedy and best practice programmes.
The SIZA Programme concentrates on fostering environmental assurance, ethical (social) trade, and improved working conditions within supply chains. Through diverse strategies such as market engagement, audit assessments, capacity building, digital monitoring, and more, the program aims to drive sustainable practices and position South African agriculture as a global leader in sustainability and ethical (social) compliance standards.
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