GLOBALGAP is an initiative of a large number of big, European organisations in the food production chain. This certification is necessary to be able to deliver products in the commercial chain. Because of the central registration, buyers can check if companies are actually certified. Checks are performed in the correct use of pesticides, fertilizers and verifiably demonstrating preventive maintenance and cleaning. Company safety and company hygiene are also checked.
Monitoring of compliance with these rules takes place in the shape of annual (intermediate) checks.
Grasp is a part of the Globalgap-certificate. This certificate has been developed to assess social risks in the primary production. This takes into account that the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) guidelines are complied with and whether the living and working environment of the employees is adequate. Feedback with staff and staff representation is also checked in the Grasp-certificate.
English supermarket TESCO expects their suppliers to cultivate according to the guidelines of the NURTURE-scheme. This sets requirements with regard to the use of pesticides and fertilizers, prevention of contamination, protection of human health, energy use, water and other natural sources. Recycling and reuse of materials and protection of the landscape and animals are checked as well.
SNF quality mark
Drenthe Growers BV accommodation is certified according to the SNF quality mark.
An organisation included in the ‘regular’ SNF register meets the standard for accommodation of migrant workers. The standard consists of: space and privacy, sanitation, safety and hygiene, facilities, information supply, fire safety and being a good employer. Each part consists of a number of specific requirements which the accommodation has to comply with.
SEDEX is a secure online database, as well as a supply chain management tool, which helps companies to identify, manage and correct ethical risks in global logistic chains. SEDEX involves all parts of the logistic chain to implement improvements and fusion of responsible business practices. Members can share information on four pillars: Work, Safety and Wellbeing, Environment and Business Ethics. De SEDEX-members can be found in 150 countries and in many different industry sectors. Since the launch in 2004, over 26,000 organisations from all over the world have chosen the SEDEX platform to manage their ethical logistic data.
On the way to Planet Proof
‘On the way to PlanetProof’ is een onafhankelijk duurzaamheidskeurmerk voor zuivel, groenten en fruit, eieren, bloemen, planten, bomen en bloembollen. PlanetProof producten zijn duurzamer geproduceerd. Zo weet je zeker dat je een product koopt dat goed is voor mens, dier, natuur en milieu.
This independent quality mark for sustainable products will be added to the Drenthe Growers BV quality marks in the future.
‘On the way to PlanetProof’ is an independent sustainability quality mark for dairy, vegetables and fruit, eggs, flowers, plants and flower bulbs. PlanetProof-products have been produced in a more sustainable way. This way you can be sure that you’re buying a product which is good for people, animals and the environment.
Only farmers and agriculturists who satisfy strict requirements, are allowed to use the ‘On the way to PlanetProof’ quality mark. These suppliers are certified when they produce or cultivate in a sustainable way. Traders, packagers and product processors also have to satisfy the PlanetProof criteria. All this is checked by external, independent parties.
‘On the way to PlanetProof’ farmers and agriculturist work on cleaner air, fertile ground, good water quality and animal wellbeing. They pay attention to more nature at the agricultural company, circular waste disposal and recycling. Each year, the PlanetProof-requirements are revised and, where possible, refined.
Click here for more information about the ‘On the way to PlanetProof’ quality mark.