NZGAP Social Practice Standards

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NZGAP Social Practice Questionnaire | 15 January 2019

NZGAP has been working with key industry stakeholders to develop a New Zealand based social practice add-on, benchmarked to both New Zealand employment law, market requirements and internationally recognised social practice standards. The self-assessment questionnaire will be available to NZGAP certified businesses, (including contractors) in the coming week. This launch is the first in the two phase development process towards the launch of the final auditable 'Add on' programme, which will be made available in April this year.

The questionnaire is designed to support growers to provide assurance to both regulators and markets who are requiring greater transparency through the supply chain on worker welfare in the horticulture industry. For more information on this new NZGAP prorgamme and if it can apply to your business, see Social Practice page , email nzgap@hortnz.co.nz or phone 04 470 5867.

NZGAP establishes an online Social Practice Questionnaire, as 'Phase One' of a two phase roll-out, for launching a new 'Add on' programme.

Over the last 12 months (2018-19), NZGAP has collaborated with key industry stakeholders; central government, retailers and wholesalers to establish a new 'Add on' programme to cover worker welfare. The new standards are carefully developed to be accepted by industry, globally recognised by benchmarking to international standards and credible locally by also benchmarking to New Zealand legislation on employment, wages, health and safety, human rights and immigration.

NZGAP is launching the NZGAP Social Practice Standards 'Add on' in two phases this year (2019): 

Phase One:
 Online self assessment Questionnaire; shorter checklist that focuses on New Zealand legislation,
Phase Two: Add on Standard, audited during your scheduled NZGAP audit. The standard is benchmarked to both New Zealand legislation and an internationally recognised social practice standard.

The new standards will be available to all NZGAP certified businesses including growers, contractors, wholesalers and transport operators. Established to support Horticulture businesses provide assurance to both government and buyers requiring greater transparency in the supply chain on treatment of workers in the Horticulture industry. The phase one questionnaire will be launched in the coming week. 

GLOBALG.A.P. adds new social practice programme

GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) is an add-on to a GLOBALG.A.P. audit covering employment law and worker rights on farms.

Growers that supply European markets may be required to complete social practice audits in the near future, with a number of wholesalers and retailers in Europe requesting certification to the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) scheme for the coming season. GRASP is an add-on to a GLOBALG.A.P. audit, which involves an 11 point checklist covering employment law and worker rights on farms. NZ’s National Technical Working Group is developing guidelines covering our local employment laws which will be used for all GRASP audits in New Zealand, which are anticipated to be available from October 2016.  The certification requirements for social practice differ between markets, so growers are advised to speak with their exporters and marketers to understand if they require GRASP certification. Certification Bodies can provide advice on how GRASP audits can added to a GLOBALG.A.P. audit.

Download an informational PDF here , with more to be published over the coming weeks as guidelines are finalised.    

This presentation also provides some more detail about the new GLOBALG.A.P. programme.