GLOBALG.A.P. Incorporation and Governance

GLOBALG.A.P. is a trademark and a set of standards for good agricultural practices (G.A.P.).

FoodPLUS GmbH is a limited liability cooperation registered in Cologne, Germany. It manages all company’s activities worldwide from standard setting through services for its partners, marketing, certification management to integrity and serves as legal entity to hold the international GLOBALG.A.P. and GGN (consumer label for GLOBALG.A.P. certified farms) copyrights.

FoodPLUS GmbH is governed by an elected board consisting of an equal number of representatives from retail/foodservice and producer/supplier organizations. Financial and legal ownership of FoodPLUS GmbH is held by the EHI Retail Institute e.V. via its 100% subsidiary EHI-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH. GLOBALG.A.P. North America Inc. is a USA corporation whose sole owner is FoodPLUS GmbH.

GLOBALG.A.P. Committees

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,defines correctional measures and proposes sanctions.

See below the GLOBALG.A.P. Committees Direction and Decision Chart.

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.