GLOBALG.A.P. Announces Launch of Integrated Farm Assurance Version 6 and GRASP Version 2; Elmé Coetzer-Boersma Discusses
PORTLAND, OR - With a dynamic portfolio of solutions to support the industry, GLOBALG.A.P. North America is setting its sights on bringing streamlined, impact-driven, and connected solutions to the entire sector. In doing so, the company has revealed two new products, announcing the launch of its revised Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard Version 6 and the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) add-on Version 2.
“IFA v6 is GLOBALG.A.P.’s flagship standard in a new and improved format. It has a simplified structure and language, extended criteria on key issues such as sustainability and animal welfare, and—for the first time—continuous improvement at the producer level,” said Managing Director Dr. Elmé Coetzer-Boersma. “Overall, it’s a smarter standard, fit for the future.”
With a focus on the producer’s experience, IFA v6 offers streamlined, customized checklists that reduce duplication and simplify the audit process at the farm level and takes a holistic approach to farm assurance through the key topics of food safety, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, workers' well-being, traceability, and production processes, a press release explained. The sixth version of the company’s flagship offering is available for fruit and vegetables, aquaculture, flowers and ornamentals, and hops. IFA v6 is available in two parallel editions—v6 Smart, the flagship offering, and v6 GFS for those requiring GFSI recognition.
GLOBALG.A.P. has also launched GRASP v2, which tackles global supply chain issues such as worker exploitation, child labor, and human rights. GRASP is applicable to all production under IFA and is available for all sizes of farms, including smallholders. As noted in the release, GRASP can be assessed at the same time as the IFA audit, providing a cost-effective way for producers to demonstrate social responsibility practices and for retailers to transparently source products from operations that are aligned with their corporate social responsibility policies.
To highlight its newest offerings, GLOBALG.A.P. will be running a free smart farm assurance solutions webinar series on the updated product range. Registration for all webinars can be found here.
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