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Stakeholder Committee Sustainability in Crops Production 1

The GLOBALG.A.P. Board has approved the formation of a Stakeholder Committee to focus on the environmental sustainability aspects of Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P.) in crops certification. The social aspects are covered in the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment of Social Practices (GRASP) Standard.

The main focus of the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance standards has not been sustainability per se. However, IFA Certification covers soil, water, and biodiversity directly–to the extent that an agricultural auditor is able to audit these criteria without additional in-depth training.

Other topics that are not currently covered include carbon footprint, renewable energies, high conservation areas (HCA), re- and deforestation, etc.

This project will have three phases:

  1. Define and Design
  2. Develop
  3. Do

A Stakeholder Committee will be set up for each of the first two phases.

Background & Objectives

The committee shall discuss ways of how GLOBALG.A.P. can embrace sustainability under the principles of no duplication on farm level in terms of certifications, and harmonization with existing sustainability programs as well as cost effective adoption of G.A.P. in partnership with them

The goal of this committee shall be to evaluate and define:

  1. The criteria and aspects GLOBALG.A.P. IFA already covers.
  2. The criteria and aspects GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Certification should cover.
  3. The best strategies and plans for GLOBALG.A.P. to cover the missing elements.
  4. The role of self assessments and audits in determining compliance
  5. The NGOs that should be involved and how best to involve them.
  6. Methods and procedures to monitor the impact, including the use of defined metrics.
  7. Strategic partnership with other sustainability assessment programs with complementary core competencies.

The ultimate goal is not to modify the IFA Standard for V5 (unless critical), but rather to find feasible ways to build interfaces with other programs and/or integrate other standards/programs.

Chairman: Robert Denny, International Risk Reduction Consultant
Vice-Chairman: Robin Levin, SAI Global Ltd
GLOBALG.A.P. Facilitator: Elmé Coetzer-Boersma, Roberta Anderson

If you are interested in joining the "Define and Design" phase of the "Sustainability in Crop Production 1" Stakeholder Committee, please fill out and sign the Confidentiality Agreement and Registration Form for Stakeholder Committees and return it to committees@globalgap.org by 16 May 2014.

Please download the Terms of Reference for the Stakeholder Committee Sustainability in Crop Production 1 here.


Active members

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