AUDIT REQUIREMENTS


It is crucial not to confuse the SIZA Social audit with the SIZA Environmental audit. These are two separate audits, pertaining to two separate Standards. The SIZA Social audit will involve ethical business practices and socially responsible management systems, whilst the SIZA Environmental audit is aimed at environmental sustainability. There are ultimately two different SIZA audits that can be conducted, of which SIZA Environmental can be combined with GLOBALG.A.P.

When must a site have its first SIZA Environmental audit after registration?

SIZA does not prescribe when sites must have their first audit after registration on the SIZA Platform.  A site can remain a provisional member of SIZA on the system until it has a 3rd-party audit.  After the audit the site becomes a full member as its Environmental SAQ information will have been verified in the audit process.  The site then gets into the SIZA Environmental Audit Frequency cycle according to the SIZA Environmental Audit Frequency Matrix. There is no prejudice to growers in being a provisional member.

When must a site do its next audit if they did a SIZA Environmental audit?

The next audit of these sites will be based on the SIZA Environmental Audit Frequency Matrix and depends on the number of non-compliances which have not been completed and signed off as agreed to in the Corrective Action Plan Report. After the final date for completing non-compliances has passed, the site will be sent a letter indicating its risk rating and when their next audit will be due.

Can I choose any audit company to do an environmental audit?

SIZA Environmental members can schedule either a stand-alone SIZA Environmental 3rd-party audit or a combined 3rd-party audit with GLOBALG.A.P. via the MySIZA platform. When opting for the combined solution Environmental audit, an audit company that is registered to do both GLOBALG.A.P. IFA and SIZA Environmental audits needs to be selected. Currently, the following audit companies are approved to conduct combined solution environmental audits:

  • BSI Group South Africa
  • Control Union South Africa
  • NSF Africa

What happens when a complaint is received?

Whenever a complaint is raised, SIZA follows an independent and objective process to ensure that the outcome, which can result into action, is fair and objective.  The following procedure will be followed once the complaint is received:

  1. A complaint is raised and received by the SIZA office.
  2. If the complainant is not a SIZA member or the complaint has no bearing towards the SIZA code, it is referred to a relevant organisation who can follow up further.
  3. If the complaint falls in the SIZA mandate an independent and objective investigation will be launched which includes a couple of actions.
  4. Based on the outcome of the independent report received, SIZA will make a decision on appropriate action and advise a remedy solution to ensure remedial action.
  5. If the situation seems critical, relevant stakeholders involved will be notified which also includes a couple of actions.