January 5, 2015, Cologne – A worldwide leader in assuring Good Agricultural Practices for farmers in 120 countries across the globe, GLOBALG.A.P. today welcomed the United Nations Global Compact’s Food and Agriculture Business (FAB) Principles.

“The FAB Principles contain necessary elements for business to contribute meaningfully to achieving food security and they are fully compatible with our focus on enabling more safe and sustainable agriculture at the farm level”, said Dr. Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P.

GLOBALG.A.P. has evolved since 1997 from an initiative by European retailers to harmonize their own standards and procedures and develop an independent certification system for Good Agricultural Practice (‘GAP’). Operating in over 100 countries and covering over 140,000 farms, GLOBALG.A.P. Certification continues to respond directly to consumers’ growing concerns regarding product safety, environmental impact and the health, safety, and welfare of workers and animals.

The UN Global Compact’s FAB Principles were launched at the United Nations in New York on 22 September 2014. Built on commitments made at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012, they were developed over 2 years in global multistakeholder consultations including over 1,000 agribusinesses. In October, the UN Global Compact recognized the alignment of the FAB Principles with the Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices, an initiative begun by ITC, SAI Platform, and GLOBALG.A.P. committed to developing and adopting a common set of criteria for Good Agricultural Practices along with supporting farm identification and reporting systems.

“GLOBALG.A.P. is an exemplary foundation for operationalising the FAB Principles”, noted Dr. Puvan Selvanathan, Head of Food and Agriculture at the UN Global Compact. “Underpinning the holistic aims of the FAB Principles with GLOBALG.A.P. allows us to both demonstrate and evidence how measurable improvements at farm level can deliver the big-picture developmental outcomes we are striving for”.

Dr. Moeller signalled that GLOBALG.A.P., together with partners including SAI Platform and the UN International Trade Centre (ITC), will actively collaborate with the UN Global Compact and other key stakeholders to reduce the burden to farmers of certification against multiple certification standards.