The Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA) has endorsed the adoption of the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) Reference tools as the platform for its own audit scheme. The GSCP Reference tool on Audit Process and Methodology describes HOW audits should be prepared, led and followed up. The GSCP Reference Tool and Audit Process and Methodology has been used as the basis for the SIZA Audit Process and Methodology documents.
These documents were submitted to the GSCP to undergo the Equivalence Process and a panel of experts completed a review of the SIZA benchmark against the GSCP reference requirements in 2012 and 2016. The GSCP ‘Share and Compare” facility allows GSCP members to access the review ratings.
The result of this work is a single Audit Process and Methodology document for South African farms and pack houses covering all audit methodology requirements, including SMETA, which is recognized by many retailers.
As from the 1st of March 2016 audits are done online on the SIZA Platform during an Audit. This helps to speed up the process so that audit reports and audit certificates are available sooner. This allow growers to submit corrective action evidence on the platform and reduce the review period. Audit appointments and the choice of which company to use are scheduled online by the grower himself.