GLOBALG.A.P. (Global Good Agricultural Practice) was established by major food retailers and leading suppliers across Europe to address consumer concerns regarding food safety, environmental protection, worker welfare and to promote safe and sustainable agriculture. GLOBALG.A.P. accreditation established the minimum requirements to be met by growers of Fruits & Vegetables that supply global retailers. Total Produce was a founding member.
Sedex is a not for profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains. As the largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data, Sedex is an innovative and effective supply chain management solution, helping the industry to reduce risk and improve supply chain practices.
Freshfel Europe, the European Fresh Produce Association, is the forum for the fresh fruit and vegetables supply chain in Europe and beyond. Its members and associated members are associations and companies that have an interest in the European fresh fruit and vegetable sector, including production, trade, logistics and retailing.
SMETA was developed by the Sedex Associate Auditor Group (AAG) in response to member demands for an ethical audit report, which would reduce duplication and benefit retailors and other consumer brands. SMETA outlines good practice in ethical audit techniques and is intended to be used in conjunction with current established practices by experienced auditors. The SMETA audit incorporates the ETI base code plus other key ethical pillars: management systems, business ethics, entitlement to work and immigration, sub-contracting and home working and environment.
Stronger Together is a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at reducing modern slavery, particularly hidden and forced labour, labour trafficking and other third-party exploitation of workers. The initiative provides for employers, labour providers, workers and their representatives clear guidance and pragmatic resources to detect and address forced labour appropriately.
The British Retail Consortium developed a food technical standard and protocol for food suppliers, which is recognised by all UK retailers and has been adopted globally. The standard provides a framework which manufacturers have to comply with. The four main areas are: Food safety, consumer products, packaging and packaging materials, and storage and distribution. These form an industry wide benchmark for food quality and safety.
Bord Bia aims to have all schemes accredited to international norms, specifically EN45011. Quality assurance plays a fundamental role in promoting food and horticulture and provides the platform for consumer promotion of product quality. The primary work of the quality assurance division is to develop new standards, improve existing standards and ensure the timely and efficient auditing and certification of members to each of the schemes. Safeguarding the integrity of the schemes requires continual review and systems improvement, particularly given the increased utilisation and recognition of the Bord Bia Quality Assurance logo.
The Organic Trust is the organic certification body of choice for the professional organic producer, which is why the Organic Trust logo features on the bulk of Irish-produced organic products in Ireland. The Organic Trust is the centre of excellence when it comes to organic inspection and certification. The very broad range of organic technical expertise available within our organisation is at your service.
Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme, uniting government, the private sector and food producers through Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Origin Green enables Ireland’s food industry to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets, establishing a baseline for continuous improvement.
CSR Netherlands is the Centre of Excellence for Dutch companies that are striving towards corporate social responsibility. More than 2000 companies are affiliated with this networking organization.
The Sustainability Initiative Fruits and Vegetables (SIFAV), aims to make imports of fruits and vegetables from Africa, Asia and South America 100% sustainable in 2020. IDH, Dutch retailers, traders in the sector and civil society organizations have signed a covenant committing to 100% sustainable sourcing. In January 2014, 30% of companies’ total import (in volumes) will be sustainable, with 50% in January 2015 and 100% in January 2020. The program is approaching international retailers, traders and brands to join the SIFAV program.
IP Standard Svensk Sigill
KRAV standards also fulfil the EU regulation for organic production (EC) No 834/2007. In some cases KRAV standards are stricter than the EU standards.
IP Food Standard
IP Food is a quality assurance standard for food safety, product and process quality of food producers. IP Food was launched in 2008 by Sigill Kvalitetssystem AB on the initiative of the Swedish retail chains. The aim was to replace the industry’s own monitoring system for smaller suppliers in Sweden. The standard delivers a complete quality assurance program that fulfils the demands of both customers and authorities. The IP Food certificate is valuable proof of a high level of quality assurance in regards of food safety, HACCP – certification, hygiene, traceability and labeling.
KRAV is a key player in the organic market in Sweden since 1985. They develop organic standards and promote the KRAV-label.The KRAV-label is well-known among Swedish consumers, the aided awareness is 98%.The KRAV-label stands for: sound, natural environment, solid care for animals, good health and social responsibility. KRAV standards are adapted to the IFOAM Standards and included in IFOAM Family of Standards. KRAV standards also fulfil the EU regulation for organic production (EC) No 834/2007. In some cases KRAV standards are stricter than the EU standards.
ÖKO-stadskontrolleret ökologisk Organic standard
Denmark was the first country in the world to introduce an organic logo that guarantees control by national authorities (Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark). The Danish organic logo is also given to cafés and restaurants that serve organic meals. The logo is “famous” in Denmark as it is known by 98% of all Danish consumers. The organic products that are sold in Denmark are today often labelled with both the Danish state-controlled logo and the EU logo.
RIP Standard is guidelines for hygiene, environment and quality of potato packers, and was developed in order to highlight the relevant parts of ISO 9000, ISO 14000 and HACCP. The guidelines have also been adapted to the BRC standard to meet trade requirements. SMAK (Swedish potatoes) is a certification body which offer certification of farming and food industries. With auditors all over Sweden they offer credibility to their client’s commitments according to quality, food safety, environmental and animal welfare. SMAK is owned by a foundation, in which farmers and food industries are represented. They offer certification according to the European regulations on organic production, RIP, KRAV, IP Sigill, GlobalG.A.P and BRC.
GRASP - GlobalG.A.P.
GRASP stands for GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice, and is a voluntary ready-to-use module developed to assess social practices on the farm, addressing specific aspects of workers’ health, safety and welfare. GRASP is not BSCI approved, which means it's approved for TPN suppliers in EU and low risk countries, but not enough in high risk countries.
Fair for Life
Fair for Life conducts social audits at farm level – over and above GLOBALG.A.P. or GFSI, and more focused on the fair and equitable treatment of the farm workers in the supply chain. A premium is gathered through the sale of the product for farm worker community development.
Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Fair Trade provide farmers in developing nations the tools to thrive as international business people. Instead of creating dependency on aid, a market-based approach is adopted that gives farmers fair prices, workers safe conditions, and entire communities resources for fair, healthy and sustainable lives.
A predominantly environmental orientated certification that investigates and encourages farms to go over and above standard practices in terms of how they produce from an environmental impact standpoint.
Smart Way Transport Partner
Smart Way is a transportation accreditation promoting best practices in terms of the impact of trucking on the environment.