GLOBALG.A.P. ANNUAL REPORT 2021
Statement from the Chair of the Advisory Board
Chair of the GLOBALG.A.P. Advisory Board
There are times in life when you receive instant gratification for your efforts, and there are times when you have to persevere without seeing immediate benefit. For GLOBALG.A.P. and the Advisory Board, 2021 was a combination of the two.
For several years now, the GLOBALG.A.P. team and the technical committees have been working hard on the new IFA and GRASP versions, but for much of this time the goal of a smarter certification system which truly taps into digitalization has remained somewhat intangible. Until now, that is, when it all culminated with the Advisory Board approval of the new IFA standard in October 2021. With thousands of comments received and up to four rounds of public comments taking place, this was a huge moment!
But now that the theory is done, it becomes about practice – enabling the adoption of the new farm assurance standards and add-ons on real farms in the near future. I’m looking forward to watching this develop and wish each farm operation success with their step into smart farm assurance solutions.
We would like to thank producers for their continued efforts in practicing safe and responsible farming and for trusting the audit process. The past years have not been easy, and we recognize their commitment to producing safe food while safeguarding the environment.
Furthermore, we thank our network of certification bodies (CBs), national technical working groups (NTWGs), and committee/focus group members for their commitment to our cause.
Finally, we also thank our Community Members, who contribute to the success of the GLOBALG.A.P. standards and add-ons through their support for and participation in the creation and development process.
Particular thanks go to our long-term Community Members who have supported us for over ten years, as well as to new Community Members who joined us in 2021:
New supplier members in 2021:
New retailer members in 2021:
New associate members in 2021:
Note: GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH is often shortened to GLOBALG.A.P. throughout this report for easier reading. FoodPLUS GmbH is the legal entity and owner of the GLOBALG.A.P. brand and its activities.
THE YEAR IN REVIEW