Bonita Banana of Bonita Banana Global Distribution has achieved the first GLOBALG.A.P. GRASP (GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practices) in the Ecuador banana industry. The announcement was made at Fruit Logistica 2015 in Berlin.

Eric Crisman, Senior Corporate Advisor for Bonita Banana Global Distribution said, "With the largest GLOBALG.A.P. Certified banana production network in Ecuador, BONITA BANANA is initiating implementation of the GRASP, the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice add-on module because it is the perfect complement to the GLOBALG.A.P. Standards set for Good Agricultural Practice.  We now have a certification/risk assessment package that gives us both G.A.P. and Social Management Systems at farm level."

Bonita Banana has now begun an on-going GLOBALG.A.P. GRASP implementation process that assesses social practices on the farms, addressing specific aspects of worker’s health, safety and welfare. 

The assurance of a good social management system at farm level is a demonstration of the critical need for transparent corporate social responsibility within the supply chain. GLOBALG.A.P. GRASP assesses compliance with national labor laws and the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) core labor standards. 

The GLOBALG.A.P. GRASP Risk Assessment was conducted by Bureau Veritas (Ecuador). 

Bonita and GLOBALG.A.P.’s partnership goes as far back as 2007, when GLOBALG.A.P. was EurepGAP. With the largest number of hectares of GLOBALG.A.P. Certified bananas in Ecuador, Bonita is also the largest banana production facility ever certified by GLOBALG.A.P.

Learn more about Bonita Banana at www.bonita.com.

Learn more about GRASP at www.globalgap.org/grasp.