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GRASP ADD-ON

GLOBALG.A.P. RISK ASSESSMENT ON SOCIAL PRACTICE


Committed to Workers’ Health, Safety and Welfare

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Good Agricultural Practices are not just about products; they’re also about people.

A positive working environment has a significant impact on both the quality of


the product and the cost efficiency of the production facilities. The value and
benefits of well-trained, encouraged and protected workers can be seen all
along the supply chain.

Corporate social responsibility is an increasingly important issue in global


food supply chains. More and more, stakeholders need to demonstrate that
their agricultural products are produced in line with internationally agreed labor
requirements as well as relevant legislation.

That’s why our members developed GRASP, a GLOBALG.A.P.+ Add-on product.


GRASP stands for GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice. It defines
the minimum requirements for a good social management system in primary
production. It helps producers establish good social practices on their farms.
It offers buyers added assurance. And it helps protect one of the farm’s most
important resources: its people.

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Social compliance in the supply chain is of central importance for
Coopernic. But particularly in the agricultural sector, in both developing
countries and in Europe, ensuring good social practice poses a major
challenge. To ensure that compliance with national labor laws and the
ILO core labor standards is maintained in agriculture, Coopernic has
chosen to rely on the implementation of the GLOBALG.A.P. GRASP
THE GRASP ADD-ON MODULE
Module in Huelva. GRASP offers the added advantage that assessments
can be conducted together with GLOBALG.A.P. audits, saving producers GRASP is a voluntary ready-to-use module designed to assess social practices on
and producer groups time and audit costs. the farm. The requirements catalogue consists of 11 standardized requirements
Raphael Schilling, Quality, Sustainability, Coop Switzerland and one additional QMS requirement that address specific aspects of workers’
health, safety and welfare. GRASP is designed to extend the social standards of
your GLOBALG.A.P. Certification.

The GRASP voluntary measures can be assessed together with the GLOBALG.A.P.
audit. A GRASP-trained auditor or inspector conducts the GRASP assessment
of your production facilities. The assessment results are then uploaded to the
GLOBALG.A.P. Database. These results show your level of compliance and are
then visible to industry supply chain partners and buyers who have been
granted access.

The GRASP assessment is valid for one year and assessments are conducted
annually. GRASP can also be applied to producer groups. You can find all the
rules in the GRASP General Rules available for download on our website.

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GRASP CONTROL POINTS & COMPLIANCE CRITERIA

GRASP covers everyone on the farm: • Worker representation FAQs are available to help producers properly
permanent employees, seasonal workers, • Complaint handling procedure implement the GRASP requirements and prepare
piece-rate workers and day laborers. • Self-declaration on human rights for the GRASP assessment. You can find the FAQs
• Access to national labor regulations at www.globalgap.org/grasp
Developed together with GIZ (former GTZ), • Contracts compliant with national laws
Coop, Edeka, Lidl, Metro AG and Migros, • Fair and regular wages
the GRASP add-on module consists of 11 • No child labor
standardized requirements and one additional • Schooling for all children living on the farm More than 200 organizations
QMS requirement to protect social criteria in • Regulated working hours from 20 countries have
farming. GRASP focuses on almost all aspects • Self-organization and collective bargaining participated in the development
of worker and working conditions on the farm. • No discrimination of the GRASP Add-On.

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10 REASONS WHY GRASP IS THE RIGHT
GLOBALG.A.P.+ ADD-ON PRODUCT FOR YOU!

1. It improves your farm social 6. It encourages worker participation Through the module, we have implemented
management system. and so helps you innovate. new routines, which helped us to get organized
and implement optimal means to operate our
2. It strengthens your workers’ rights 7. It demonstrates your commitment human resources – with the aim to create
and enhances their sense of to social responsibility. wellbeing and within our workforce
responsibility toward the farm.
8. It raises your standing among Maria Cristina Restrepo, Piscicola New York S.A, Colombia
3. It reduces costs of fluctuation as it suppliers and buyers.
helps you retain good and qualified
workers. 9. It reduces your risk for social
non-compliances.
4. It reduces costs of accidents and
breakdowns as it supports clear 10. It can be done at the same time
communication. as the GLOBALG.A.P. audit –
so minimal additional costs!
5. It creates a positive working
environment by establishing clearer
terms and duties.

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GRASP NATiONAL iNTERPRETATiON GUiDELiNES

Legal requirements regarding the control points differ from country to country
(e.g. minimum wage, age of legal employment, working hours etc.). Where the
requirements are stricter, local legislation overwrites GRASP. Where there is no
legislation (or legislation is not so strict), GRASP provides the minimum
compliance criteria for a good social management system.

As of: January 2016 To make these requirements transparent to producers, auditors and inspectors,
GRASP national Interpretation Guidelines have been developed by local
More than 13,000 producers have pledged multi-stakeholder groups.
their commitment to social responsibility through
the GRASP assessment.* If you are interested in a GRASP Assessment and there is so far no Interpretation
Guideline for your country available, please contact the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat.
31 national Interpretation Guidelines
have been developed worldwide.*

*Updated January 2016

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3 STEPS TO YOUR GRASP ASSESSMENT HOW TO BECOME A GRASP AUDITOR MORE INFO ON GRASP

Any GLOBALG.A.P. certified producer may apply for The GRASP assessment can be conducted All the GRASP tools are available for download
a GRASP assessment. by GLOBALG.A.P.-approved auditors who from the GLOBALG.A.P. website.
have successfully: These are:
Download the GRASP Checklist
STEP and read the FAQs at STEP Completed the GRASP • GRASP Module
1 www.globalgap.org/grasp and use 1 online training. • GRASP Checklist
them to prepare for your assessment. • GRASP National Interpretation Guideline

Contact a GLOBALG.A.P.-approved Been trained by their GRASP Learn more by reading the FAQs at
STEP STEP
certification body to conduct In-house trainer. www.globalgap.org/grasp
2 2
the assessment.

Once the assessment is completed, If there is no GRASP National Interpretation


STEP the results are valid for 1 year Guideline for the country of the producer,
3 and are uploaded to the you can apply for GRASP assessments by
GLOBALG.A.P. Database. fulfilling additional requirements. To do this, You’re a supply chain partner and
contact the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat. want to have access to the GRASP
You can find a list of certification results of your supplying producers?
bodies with GLOBALG.A.P. approved You can find the dates for the next training
GRASP auditors/inspectors at workshops at www.globalgap.org Send an email to our customer support:
www.globalgap.org customer_support@globalgap.org

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GLOBALG.A.P. PRODUCTS - built on a solid foundation

GLOBALG.A.P. Certification is the product of a transparent and independent standard development system that relies on the intensive consultation, contribution
and collaboration of our Technical Committees, Focus Groups, members, National Technical Working Groups, certification bodies and the industry.

THE FIRST STEP TOWARD SAFE THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FOR customized SOLUTIONs FOR SAFE
AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

localg.a.p. is the stepping stone toward GLOBALG.A.P. GLOBALG.A.P. is the internationally recognized GLOBALG.A.P.+ Add-on is the innovative
Certification. It offers emerging producers entry-level standard for farm production. By complying with solution for all your specific certification needs.
recognition where GLOBALG.A.P. Certification is not a single harmonized global standard for safe and Enhance your GLOBALG.A.P. Standard with
possible. By providing an achievable level of assurance sustainable food production, producers can show customized add-ons that raise your status as a
and reliability, localg.a.p. helps producers gain access their commitment to Good Agricultural Practices. producer and offer buyers specific assurances
to new local and regional markets. tailored to their interests and preferences.

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GLOBALG.A.P. at a Glance
the Most Widely Accepted Good Agricultural Practices Certification Worldwide

More than 850 international


More than 400 voluntary experts active in Technical
members form the Committees, National Technical
GLOBALG.A.P. Community GLOBALG.A.P. governed by an elected Board Working Groups and Focus Groups

GLOBALG.A.P. A secure online certification A pioneering integrity system


Database
database to check producers with independent assessments to
GGN
More than 160,000 certified producers and validate certificates monitor the performance of
in over 124 countries our certification bodies

CPCC GR
An extensive worldwide GR CPCC

network of consultants
3 main products with 40 to help producers with their A harmonization program to benchmark
standards and programs certification process schemes and checklists around the world

More than 1,900 inspectors Capacity building for


and auditors working for thousands of people on
More than 400 products 144 accredited 5 continents and in
available for certification certification bodies 10 languages

Find out how GLOBALG.A.P. can add value to your business at www.globalgap.org

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GET MORE iNfORMATiON cONTAcT GLOBALG.A.P. OfficES
ON GLOBALG.A.P.

ALeXAndRA denIS GLOBALG.A.P.


GRASP junior expert c/o FoodPLuS Gmbh
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