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.

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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.