All producers and pack houses in agriculture can be audited against the SIZA Standard. The programme is inclusive of smallholder and new growers and labour service providers.
SIZA offers smallholders the opportunity to register as a member on the system and to remain a provisional member until the site is ready for a third party audit. Smallholders will have to complete the SIZA Self-Assessment SAQ every year. By doing this the smallholder will be able to identify the areas of risk and to focus on correcting problems with the help of a skilled mentor. The SIZA capacity-building programme have ethical trade facilitators who will provide support to all growers including smallholders to assist them to get to the point of audit-readiness. The benefit for smallholders is to be part of a system that provides feedback on areas of risk while at the same time providing support with continuous improvement and allowing them to decide when they are ready for an audit.
The importance of this approach from the industry perspective is that smallholders will be encouraged to be visible on the system without the pressure of an immediate audit which is also an added cost. The programme can then be aware of the areas of risk and provide support where appropriate.
Labour service providers who provide seasonal labour to employment sites are equally bound by the requirements of labour laws reflected in the SIZA Standard. Employers who use the services of a labour service provider are jointly and severally liable for any legal non-compliances on the part of the service provider. Where a site uses the services of a labour service provider, the ethical audit process requires that such employees be present on the site at the time of the audit.See the Labour Service Provider Checklist for a breakdown of legal requirements ».