NaturaCert verifies compliance with the sustainable agriculture standards required by the organizations it serves: farms, groups, or companies, which are based on different principles covering sustainable production, environmental protection, social welfare, and strengthening of the local economy:

NaturaCert offers verification services in the programs:

  • GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice.(GRASP).
  • GLOBALG.A.P. Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule Add-On (FSMA).
  • Sustainable Program for Irrigation and Groundwater Use (SPRING).
  • TR4 Biosecurity.
  • UEBT.- Ethical BioTrade Standard- Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT).
  • AAA Sustainable Quality Program- Nestlé Nespresso S.A.
  • C.A.F.E. Practices – Starbucks Coffee Company.

GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP

Is a voluntary ready-to-use module developed to assess social practices on the farm, addressing specific aspects of workers’ health, safety and welfare.

GRASP helps producers establish a good social management system on their farms. It offers buyers added assurance. And it helps protect one of the farm’s most important resources: its people. Normative Documents

Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule Add-On (FSMA)

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires specific practices to be implemented and followed for the production, handling, and import of food products. To support implementation efforts at the producer level, GLOBALG.A.P. offers its FSMA Produce Safety Rule Add-on to address control points found in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (FSMA PSR). Normative Documents

Sustainable Program for Irrigation and Groundwater Use-SPRING

SPRING is a farm-level add-on which helps producers, retailers, and traders demonstrate their commitment to sustainable water management and can be implemented together with the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard for Crops. SPRING incorporates a wide range of criteria to assess sustainable water management on the farm. These include:

  • Legal conformity of water sources and extraction rates.
  • Monitoring of water consumption.
  • Impact of producers on sustainable watershed management.
  • Best practices in water management.
  • Protection of water sources.
  • Measures to demonstrate continuous improvement of water management. Normative Documents

TR4 Biosecurity

Fusarium oxysporum  f. sp . cubense – tropical race 4 (TR4), which is also referred to as “Foc 4” , is the most imminent threat to the banana industry and to those livelihoods that depend on banana production and consumption for their subsistence. There is currently no known effective treatment to control the disease for Cavendish cultivars. Therefore, preventive measures are the only viable option.

For this reason, the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat has developed the TR4 Biosecurity Add-on, a tool that provides farmers with a risk mitigation plan to prevent the introduction (and/or further spreading) of the TR4 pathogen to, within, and from their GLOBALG.A.P. certified farms.

Additionally, this add-on is innovative since it is designed to help raise awareness about the seriousness of the disease at a global scale by means of informative annexes. Thus, the add-on is GLOBALG.A.P.’s contribution to combating this threat that the banana industry is facing. Normative Documents

Union For Ethical BioTrade

For the Union for Ethical BioTrade, the production of natural native ingredients that meet the principles and criteria of BioTrade is verified.

Ethical BioTrade is a set of practices that systematically contribute to sustainable development and biodiversity conservation.

The Union for Ethical BioTrade is an association that promotes sustainable trade and ethical trade in products provided from biodiversity; which are the variety of life on earth and the natural patterns it forms.

AAA Sustainable Quality

NaturaCert verifies the processes for coffee cultivation. In the world of coffee, ‘AA’ has always been understood as the qualification for the highest quality coffee.

Nespresso, in 2003, proposed to create the first AAA coffees in the world, AA quality is sustainable; AAA SUSTAINABLE QUALITYTM compiles the search to ensure that coffees are produced with the highest quality standards, balancing the creation of social and economic value for coffee growers and their communities, as well as contributing to the conservation of the environment.

The AAA SUSTAINABLE QUALITYTM program consists of a series of practices that together allow coffee growers to directly benefit from the cultivation of the highest quality coffees while respecting the principles of sustainability. This is not a solution to all the problems that affect coffee producers around the world, but a clear commitment to the AAA Nespresso coffee producers so that they benefit.

C.A.F.E. Practices

NaturaCert verifies the processes for coffee cultivation. Starbucks Coffee Company formed C.A.F.E. (Coffee and Farmer Equity) Practices to evaluate, recognize, and reward growers of sustainable, high-quality coffee.

C.A.F.E. Practices is an environmentally friendly coffee supply guideline developed in collaboration with SCS Global Services, an independent evaluation, and certification firm. C.A.F.E. Practices seeks to ensure that Starbucks suppliers grow and process coffee in a sustainable manner, by evaluating the economic, social, and environmental aspects involved in coffee production against the set of criteria detailed in the C.A.F.E. Practices Guideline. Starbucks defines sustainability as an economically viable model that addresses the social and environmental needs of all participants in the supply chain, from the grower to the end consumer. Normative Documents