GLOBALG.A.P. ANNUAL REPORT 2019
WElcome & Highlights
WELCOME & HIGHLIGHTS
G.A.P. Stands For Good Agricultural Practices and GLOBALG.A.P. is the worldwide standard that assures it.
GLOBALG.A.P. is a trademark and a set of standards for good agricultural practices (G.A.P.).
We are a global organization with a crucial objective: safe, sustainableagriculture worldwide. We set voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe – and more and more producers, suppliers, and buyers are harmonizing their certification standards to match our Company’s Purpose.
OUR COMPANY´S PURPOSE
Every generation has a right to safe food, and we support farmers to connect them to markets where they can sell their safely and sustainably produced agricultural products by developing and implementing farm assurance systems that are based on facts and recognized across the supply chain.
KRISTIAN MÖLLERVice President / Chief Integrity Officer
The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrity Program plays a major role in setting GLOBALG.A.P. apart from other farm assurance programs: As the first of its kind in food certification, the Integrity Program has been working to ensure consistent quality, ongoing improvement, and optimum transparency in the GLOBALG.A .P. system since 2008. No other standard has such a comprehensive quality control program.
Designed to closely monitor GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification bodies and their activities, the Integrity Program ensures that our certificates are trusted all over the world and that the integrity of the GLOBALG.A.P. standards are maintained over time. The Integrity Program also acts as a feedback mechanism, integrating customer support and complaints management into the range of interconnected activities.
In this report you can find out more about each of the activities within the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrity Program and the pursuits of 2019.
GUY CALLEBAUTVice President / Chief Integrity Officer
We set the plan and the GLOBALG.A.P. Team delivered, both in financial and operational terms. I wish to congratulate and thank you all on behalf of the Board. A highlight was certainly the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT in Lima, Peru – a perfect showcase of what our global movement has achieved and is aiming for in the future.
In our role as the GLOBALG.A.P. Board we adopted and continued to promote the strategic direction of the GLOBALG.A.P. partnership. In 2018, we opted towards true globalization.
We expanded our governance structure, and supported investments into enlarging our network of local representatives on all continents. Having representatives working on a local level is vital. As a farmer, I know that the conditions for farming are locally very different and very diverse, a fact made clear by the large number of our professional solutions and services in this report.
Yet, the GLOBALG.A.P. Board is determined to continue the drive for simplification – despite or because of the need for ongoing diversification in the farm and food sector. We depend on you, our active members, to come forward and share with us your innovative approaches for simplifying and scaling up farm assurance as a trust delivering system towards consumers and society.
This is why in 2018 we launched our largest expansion plan in our history so far. On behalf of each of our now more than 100 highly motivated experts operating out of 23 countries, we invite you all to join our efforts. If you share the same mindset by placing the farmer in the center, let us mutually commit to implementing all the relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through an open collaboration process. Let your IT talk to us via APIs, tap into our farmer community, and help grow their numbers to reach 100 times 200,000 – 2 million producers under GLOBALG.A.P. certification around the world!
GLOBALG.A.P. – hIGHLIGHTS 2019
Sustainable Rice Platform (Third-party service)
The SRP was established in 2011 and is co-convened by the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the International Rice Research Institute. In October 2019 it was announced that GLOBALG.A.P. is to manage the SRP Assurance Scheme, beginning in 2020. This means SRP-verified rice farms will be registered in the GLOBALG.A.P. database where more than 200,000 producers with GLOBALG.A.P. certification are already registered.
Produce Safety Assurance Standard
The Produce Safety Assurance Standard was launched in July 2019. It represents an updated and renewed version of the Produce Safety Standard for those markets only requiring food safety and traceability control points.
CONTINUED GROW FOR gLOBALG.A.P.
Continued growth for GLOBALG.A.P. Standards
GLOBALG.A.P. once again saw a rise in the total number of producers certified under a GLOBALG.A.P. standard.
Standards and scopes which saw particularly large growth* were the IFA v5 for Livestock, IFA v5 for Plant Propagation Material, and the Crops for Processing standard.
*according to percentage increase from 2018
GGN Labels show good growth
The GGN Labels for certified floriculture and certified aquaculture demonstrated their strength in 2019.
The number of GGN labelled aquaculture products doubled (to 200 products) and the number of GLOBALG.A.P. certified floriculture producers also more than doubled (to 1,950).
GGN Labels for livestock and agriculture are in a pilot phase.
See here for more further GGN Label reporting. (Link to section in AR)
Localg.a.p. launches Primary Farm Assurance
In October 2019, localg.a.p. launched the rebranding for its entry-level farm assurance:
Primary Farm Assurance (PFA).
PFA is a key building block for those farmers beginning the journey towards certification and access to demanding markets. It helps producers (in particular smallholder producers or producers who are new to standards) to adopt good agricultural practices which – in turn – improve the efficiency of farm management, cut exposure to food safety risks, ensure compliance with legislation on food safety, and enable access to local and regional markets.
PFA will replace all localg.a.p. ready-to-use programs by October 2020. It is available in two levels (foundation and intermediate) and available for the following sub-scopes: Fruit and Vegetables, Combinable Crops, and Plant Propagation Material.
To learn more about PFA and localg.a.p. programs,
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
GLOBALG.A.P. also added Goal #17 to the list
GLOBALG.A.P. has been supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2016, with eight of the 17 SDGs already addressed in GLOBALG.A.P. standards. In 2019, GLOBALG.A.P. also added Goal #17 to the list.
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
GLOBALG.A.P. offers its stakeholders different ways of collaboration and engagement to meet this goal in the form of:
• A GLOBALG.A.P. membership
• Its member-driven organizational structure with the Board, its Technical Committees, Focus Groups, and National Technical Working Groups.
• Project-based public-private-partnerships
• Signing the Declaration of Abu Dhabi
• Signing the Call to Action to Save the Banana
GLOBALG.A.P. CORE VALUES
GLOBALG.A.P. CORE VALUES
In 2019 GLOBALG.A.P. developed five company core values which act as an unwavering guide to dictate behavior and help determine if GLOBALG.A.P. is fulfilling its goals. These guiding principles have been integrated into life at GLOBALG.A.P. and embraced by staff members in their approach to work.