Intertek Approved to Certify to the Fair Farms Programme
May 05, 2021
Sydney, Australia: Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is pleased to announce they are now an approved certification body for the Fair Farms Certification Programme. Fair Farms is an organisation that aims to improve identified problems around workplace compliance. Fair Farms aims to ensure that growers and other suppliers comply with the rules and treat their workers fairly, in addition to removing organisations that exploit workers deliberately to gain an unfair advantage from the supply chain.
Organisations in the agriculture industry want to be ethical, transparent employers. However, navigating Australia’s employment laws and regulations can make this a timely and costly endeavor. This can lead to unintended non-compliance and risk, especially with smaller businesses who do not have the expertise of a dedicated human resources team.
The objective of the Fair Farms certificate programme is to foster fair and responsible employment practices across the Australian horticulture industry. It aims to support a transition towards stronger workplace compliance which will lead to improved employment practices, fairer treatment of workers and reduced risk of worker exploitation and other human rights violations. In the future, workplace compliance programmes such as the Fair Farms Certification could become a mandatory requirement for all farmers wanting to remain part of the big retailers’ supply chain. It provides a pathway to third-party audit and certification, allowing participating businesses to demonstrate their commitment to fair and responsible employment practices to their customers, workers, and the community.
Calin Moldovean, Intertek President of Business Assurance and Food Services said, “I am so pleased with our ability to certify for Fair Farms in Australia. We strive to help companies create transparent, traceable supply chains that are fair to their workers. Being able to certify to the Fair Farms programme shows that Intertek is continually working toward improving itself to be the world leader in total quality assurance.”
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