Name Bert Urlings Company VION Food Group
Country Netherlands
Team Supplier / Livestock

GLOBALG.A.P. is a business to business standard that is respected globally. This standard should serve the members, being retailers, foodservice, processors, producers and growers. Also other stakeholders are involved in the standard and further development of it. The one-stop audit principle is, amongst others, one of the most relevant principles that must be followed also when additional modules are developed for specific markets. In the further development of GLOBALG.A.P. we should strive to serve our customer base in a way of efficiency, but also by showing that GLOBALG.A.P. is a meaningful standard. The Integrity programme of Global G.A.P. is showing to the business and the society that the rules are taken seriously, but it also provides us the possibility to improve our standard continuously. In the past we have built an unique standard for growers and producers. During the next years GLOBALG.A.P. must develop further and grow through direct certification against the standard, group certification and also benchmarking, taking into consideration that the integrity of the standard is non-negotiable. Small holders around the globe play a crucial role in nourishing our society, this means that GLOBALG.A.P. has to continue its programmes to make the standard also attractive to small holders. Further development of  additional modules for specific markets and regions will be relevant for the development of the business, this should be facilitated by GLOBALG.A.P. We should continue our cooperation with external stakeholders, such as governments, intergovernmental organisations and NGOs.

Position: Corporate Director Quality Assurance

GRIP Status: Bronze

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