Capacity Building

SIZA has recognised a need to build capacity that will support producers and workers with the implementation of the SIZA Social and Environmental Standard. The SIZA programme did this by developing and implementing a capacity-building programme which aimed to drive sustained improvement of working conditions on all farms, including smallholders. The programme do this by building capacity within existing industry structures and programmes that already provide support to producers and workers. The SIZA Standard includes rules and guidelines on agricultural sites in South Africa that concern worker health and safety, non-discrimination, freedom of association, workplace working hours, general working conditions, freedom to choose employment, child labour, and management systems to ensure effective implementation of legal requirements.

The Capacity-building programme was implemented through a train-the-trainer programme for expert Training Service Providers (TSPs) who are recognised by SIZA to provide appropriate subsidised training of regional Ethical Trade Facilitators (ETFs) at two levels: 

  1. Intermediate level for growers and their site administrators, labour organisers, NGOs, government extension officers, smallholders;
  2. Basic Level targeting workers, supervisors

ETF’s assist with implementation of the SIZA Standard and continuous improvement of working conditions on farms. 

Who can become an Ethical Trade Facilitator (ETF)? 

SIZA members and/or their representatives such as HR representatives and/or administrators, worker representatives and/or supervisors who are responsible for ethical compliance on a farm can benefit from training as an ETF. People who provide support to producers with quality or ethical assurance, for example, labour consultants, government extension officers, labour organizers, NGOs, can also be trained as Ethical Trade Facilitators. Workshops are available at an Intermediate and Basic level and can be customised to a site’s needs. 

Who will provide the Ethical Trade Facilitator training?

SIZA has trained 20 Training service providers (TSPs) who are equipped to provide training of Ethical Trade Facilitators. TSPs have been provided with materials that they can adapt to suit the needs of different sites. 

Course content 

Courses can be tailored to meet the needs of different sites. The content of the course includes:

  • Understanding the SIZA programme
  • Responsibilities of the Ethical Trade Facilitator in the SIZA programme
  • Benefits of the SIZA programme
  • Understanding the 8 principles of the SIZA standard (includes policies and procedures)
  • Corrective actions and Improvement plans
  • Self-assessments
  • Audit preparation and process
  • Managing risk
  • Root cause analysis
  • Closing off non-compliances
  • Awareness raising and Capacity-building programmes on-site
  • How to use the SIZA toolkits

How long is an Ethical Trade Facilitator workshop?

A standard Ethical Trade Facilitator course is two days but courses can be tailored to meet the needs of sites.

Funding for SIZA workshops.

SIZA tried to secure funding annually for the roll out of its capacity-building programmes throughout provinces in South Africa.  If funding is not available standard training fees will apply.

To obtain more information or to request training please contact the SIZA office at






Stronger Together has launched a new global supply chain project to promote responsible employment in the wine and fruit growing industries in South Africa. Funded by the United Kingdom Home Office Modern Slavery Innovation Fund, the project will be delivered in partnership with the Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) and The Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA). 

 The UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015 requires that large UK based businesses take steps in addressing and reducing the risk of modern slavery within their global supply chains. This includes any form of forced and bonded labour, human trafficking and preventing freedom of association. It is therefore becoming increasingly important for South African producers to ensure that their labour management practices are fair and without any indication of these mentioned issues. This will not only help secure market access and protect the livelihood of these sectors, but will also create a healthier work environment where exploitative labour practices are discouraged and workers are protected.

Therefore, we would like to urge you all to embrace this opportunity for free training and to learn as much as you can so that you have a clear understanding of what exactly forced and bonded labour entail. SIZA expanded the audit checklist to make sure all the requirements are covered, and auditors will look more comprehensively at these aspects during an audit.

 A range of training sessions in the various production regions are being planned for this programme.

For more information on the training sessions or the Toolkit please go to the Stronger Together website:   Click here for Stronger Together website.