Social practices in agriculture are an important area for risk management, which needs to stay simple in order to benefit as many workers as possible. Over the last two years, GLOBALG.A.P. has been working to update GRASP (GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice) to efficiently ensure good agricultural practices regarding social criteria while maintaining simplicity and reducing duplication.

New core system for requirements of control points

Resulting from this process, GRASP will adopt the concept of “country risk level classification” as the core system for determining evidence requirements for its control points. The use of the concept comes with methods of evidence such as interviews with farm employees (in addition to the interviews with employees’ representatives) and extended document checking as required method of evidence. This will be mandatory after July 1, 2020.

The country risk level classification will determine the efficient minimum mix of evidence methods to be applied by an auditor at the farm. This classification will also determine sampling type, scope and form of interviews with farm employees, and document checking.

The country risk level is determined using a scale derived from the World Governance Indicator developed by the World Bank.

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