THE SIZA ENVIRONMENTAL PILLAR OF SUSTAINABILITY
The SIZA Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) has been designed to assist growers in evaluating their current compliance and environmental risks, both at a farm and regional/catchment level. SIZA, in conjunction with WWF SA, has developed a comprehensive Environmental standard which has been benchmarked against several prominent international environmental standards to ensure a compatible level of assurance, while taking in to consideration locally relevant environmental issues.
In support of the longer term SIZA vision to include environmental stewardship as an integral offering within sustainability, SIZA has partnered with WWF-SA (the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa) to develop an Environmental Standard and appropriate tools to support improvement in environmental indicator measures and management. Specifically, SIZA and WWF SA have been developing and testing a sustainable farming tool, with the end goal of using this as the foundation of the environmental module within the SIZA platform, to complement the existing social standard of sustainability.