SIZA (Sustainable Initiative of South Africa)
The programme was established as a pro-active response by the South African fruit industry under the mantle of Fruit South Africa to promote sound and ongoing improvement of ethical labour practices on South African fruit farms and pack houses. It is an holistic programme that identifies problems that may exist, usually by way of an independent third party audit and responds with appropriate support and interventions, including awareness-raising and relevant capacity-building programmes.
While the SIZA programme has been initiated by the fruit industry, it is applicable and open to all agricultural industries in South Africa. The SIZA programme is underpinned by a number of principles including: adoption of a single South African Standard and audit process and methodology that is aligned to local law and international standards; non-duplication of audits and support for ongoing improvement of labour practices on farms.