Vegetable in Supermarket

To satisfy consumer demand, farmers and agrochemical companies need assessments, audits and certifications to demonstrate compliance and build customer confidence.

Are you sure that what you are doing meets the requirements of your buyers and the agriculture and food supply chains?

In response to market demand from regulators and consumers, buyers increasingly require you and your operations to meet social, ethical and environmental standards as well as those for quality and safety. No longer is it enough to grow and market produce. To stay competitive and maintain customer confidence, it is necessary to improve soil protection, better manage water use, improve biodiversity, reduce chemical and pesticide use, and consider the welfare of workers and food safety requirements.

Assessments, Audits and Certification

Audits can be conducted against a range of schemes and certification criteria established by organisations including:

  • British Retail Consortium (BRC)
  • International Featured Standards (IFS)
  • ISO 22000 and ISO 22005
  • Single food audit pack (our own audit procedure that can help you, in a single audit, to meet most internationally recognised food safety and quality assurance standards)
  • Integrated Farm Assurance
  • Q+S
  • SQF
  • UTZ
  • Leaf
  • European Water Stewardship (EWS)
  • ISCC Plus
  • SAI Platform Farm Assessment
  • Bonsucro
  • Animal Welfare Assessment
  • SAFA
  • Others and many private and customized protocols

Independent Expertise

Getting a trusted third-party to assess the farms within your business and supply chain is one way to gain and maintain more control, at the same time as allowing you to assess the risk. Independent experts can help to prove compliance with industry standards, as well as demonstrate a commitment to sustainable agriculture practices.

Assessments often lead to better farming practices and more highly-skilled workers. They highlight skills gaps, enabling you to access the right training and get advice on how to improve, and these are just the first steps.

Farm audits will benchmark facilities, processes, practices and quality against food industry standards and regulations. Auditing enables the performance of your business processes and produce to be measured and makes it easier to implement improvements. It also opens the door to new markets, financial improvements and reductions in both costs and waste.

Certification against industry schemes shows successful implementation of good practices, and that progress is consistent and continuous.

SGS Solutions

Our agriculture industry assessments, certification and auditing services can help you to prove ongoing compliance and improvement, enhance operational efficiency, manage risk and increase marketability.

Rely on our expertise and expect a customised – and standardised – service wherever you operate.

For further information, please contact:

Bruno Widmer
Agriculture Audit & Certification Manager
SGS Geneva
1 Place des Alpes
P.O. Box 2152
1211 Geneva 1
t: + 41 22 739 94 68