Regular training on environmental law requirements and SIZA environmental standards are essential, especially with SIZA membership growing at a fast pace and where new members are concerned. With SIZA Environmental being considered new, it is important that members receive training on all aspects (SAQ’s, Standards and Audits) of the Environmental Module, as this will give producers enough information about what to expect. In 2018 the main focus of the workshops was to create awareness of the program and to assist the producers to better understand the Environmental Standard and how to complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
For 2019, SIZA Environmental Workshops will be rolled out on base (farm worker) and producer level. Base level training will be provided to farm workers about the basics of environmental stewardship and for the producers the focus will be more on the implementation of the SIZA Environmental Standard and what is being recognised as good practices across the following four cornerstones of the Environmental Standard:
The following main objectives for SIZA and the Second-party verification have been identified:
Emerging Growers: Compliance / Market Access
A strong focus will remain on Emerging Grower development and continued support to get them compliant with the SIZA standard, labour legislation and environmental assurance requirements which includes two core processes: monitoring (self-assessment and third party ethical audit) and capacity-building. Included in the SIZA Capacity-building programme is ongoing support for emerging growers. A major risk to emerging growers is the inability to provide evidence of ethical compliance to buyers which serves as a barrier to trade, particularly in international markets. SIZA wants to ensure that Emerging growers benchmark themselves against the laws and become compliant with the SIZA standard requirements and code of conduct. In order to ensure compliance and management of business in line with the scope of the SIZA compliance criteria and relevant local labour and environmental legislation, it is important to have continued support for emerging growers on ground level. Click here to download the Emerging Growers Brochure
COMPETENCY GUIDELINES FOR TRAINING COMPANIES SEEKING SIZA RECOGNITION
SIZA is committed to establishing processes to ensure that monitoring and measurement of the SIZA Code is carried out in accordance with the SIZA Standard. Trainers and consultants must be competent, have the necessary agricultural knowledge and display the required interpersonal and vocational training skills. If you would like to be recognised by SIZA as a trainer/training company or consultant/consulting company that offers consultancy services to producers/farms, you have to comply with the SIZA specified criteria.