GLOBALG.A.P. is governed by a Board of elected producer and retailer representatives and headed by an independent chairman. GLOBALG.A.P. standards and implementation are developed and defined by various Technical Committees, Focus Groups and the Certification Body Committee. National Technical Working Groups support the work of the committees on a local level. The Integrity Surveillance Committee (ISC) assesses integrity issues and certification body non-conformances and proposes correctional measures and sanctions.
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The GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat supports the work of the Board and all the committees. This function is fulfilled by FoodPLUS GmbH, a private limited company based in Cologne, Germany, that acts as a single management platform for GLOBALG.A.P. The executive management of FoodPLUS GmbH, i.e. its Managing Director, bears responsibility for the implementation of policies and standards, as well as facilitates the GLOBALG.A.P. benchmarking process, manages the GLOBALG.A.P. Database and enforces the decisions made by the ISC.
Financial and legal ownership and responsibility for FoodPLUS GmbH is held by the EHI Retail Institute via its 100% subsidiary EHI-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH. The EHI Retail Institute also operates the European Retail Academy, a global network of research institutes linked to retail activities and topics.
The GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat has been looking at a new and innovative way of rewarding our stakeholders for their contribution to the improvement and sustainability of GLOBALG.A.P. The GLOBALG.A.P. Rewards for Industry Program (GRIP) recognizes the contribution of stakeholders in two-fold: firstly with Status Points where individuals and their companies are rewarded for their time contribution and secondly, with redeemable Rewards Points.