Social Practice Add-on
Enabling growers to demonstrate they meet both locally and globally recognised social practice standards.
New Zealand is not immune to cases of worker exploitation. Consumers (therefore retailers),
are now requiring assurance for social responsibility in a similar way that
food safety (GAP) certification has been required by most retailers over the
past 20 years. The benefit for growers is that multiple market and regulatory
requirements (e.g. Food safety, Environment, Social Practice, Health and
Safety) can be managed on one effective assurance system, meaning reduced costs
and complexity for growers while delivering the same outcome of safe and
sustainable horticulture produce.
Regulatory and Market acceptance:
NZGAP has recently been accepted as pathways for growers
to meet requirements of the Food Act. In a similar way, NZGAP is working with
the Labour Inspectorate for regulatory acceptance of this Social Practice
add-on, as well as monitoring compliance progress of the industry in the area
of social practice. NZGAP is working with the major wholesalers and retailers
on the development and implementation of this add-on so that it meets their
Who it is for:
NZGAP certified businesses are provided with the option to include the Social Practice Add on as part of their NZGAP certification. The Social Practice add-on will also be available to
labour contractors so that growers can have confidence that the contractors
they employ are meeting the relevant market and regulatory requirements.
NZGAP Social Practice Documents (click to download):
NZGAP Social Practice Templates (click to download):
Social Practice Certification Process (click to download):