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Roberta Anderson Discusses Benefits of GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice

Roberta Anderson Discusses Benefits of GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice


PORTLAND, OR
Friday, December 2nd, 2022

Tactical workforce strategies are always popping up in our industry, many guided by the goal to become a more sustainable and socially responsible operation. GLOBALG.A.P. is strengthening global supply chains with the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP), a farm-level social management tool designed specifically for the farming sector. Uniquely designed to suit the realities faced on farms, the cutting-edge tool serves as an add-on to the company’s broadly accepted Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard.

Roberta Anderson, Executive Vice President, GLOBALG.A.P. North America“While IFA covers workers’ health and safety topics, the supply chain sought an assurance system for broader social practices at the farm level,” explains Roberta Anderson, Executive Vice President of GLOBALG.A.P. North America. “GRASP is designed to cover all social criteria listed in the International Labor Organization’s core labor conventions. It provides retailers with a third-party verified assessment of critical risks in their supply chains such as child and forced labor. As a risk assessment, it serves to identify areas of social risk so that targeted mitigation measures can be taken.”

As Roberta explains to me, GRASP helps farmers assess, improve, and demonstrate their responsible social practices through a simple but robust evaluation checklist. The innovative solution offers an affordable assessment system for all farm types and sizes and can easily be combined with the IFA audit, saving suppliers time and money in meeting buyer requirements for food safety, social responsibility, and more with a single audit.

GLOBALG.A.P. is strengthening global supply chains with the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP), a farm-level social management tool designed specifically for the farming sector

GRASP was first introduced to the market in 2011 following an extensive global process to collect feedback from stakeholders, especially those on farms and in retail. Since then, the tool has evolved to become GLOBALG.A.P.’s most popular add-on, with more than 117,000 farmers across 99 countries using GRASP as their social and labor management tool of choice. This strong momentum is undeniable, as GRASP now covers nearly 1.8 million agricultural workers worldwide.

Uniquely designed to suit the realities faced on farms, the cutting-edge tool serves as an add-on to the company’s broadly accepted Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard

“GRASP is widely utilized in the European market, with the adoption by major retailers for managing social risk on farms. We anticipate GRASP’s increased uptake in the North American market as endorsers of the Ethical Charter seek an efficient and independently verified means to demonstrate alignment with the Charter,” Roberta adds.

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