Not adhering to employment and immigration law, and not paying the minimum wage is unacceptable and unlawful.
Horticulture New Zealand’s position is that growers should only work with contractors who meet a recognised social practice standard. That is, GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) or NZGAP Social Practice.
Horticulture New Zealand has been working with MBIE and the Labour Inspectorate to ensure that employment practices treat people fairly and align with the law.
From April 2020, NZGAP will be offering a new social practice standard that has been developed with MBIE and the Labour Inspectorate. This will also be available to contractors providing growers with workers.
If it is found that NZGAP and GLOBALG.A.P. conditions are not being met, members have 28 days to rectify the situation. If they do not do that, they are suspended and need to be re-audited to regain assurance and membership. Otherwise, they are discontinued from certification.
Many growers already have social practice certification in order to meet supermarket expectations. These numbers are increasing. Horticulture New Zealand would like to see all growers have GRASP or NZGAP Social Practice certification.