Standard Setting

Introduction

Version 3 of the WIETA Code and Standard incorporated the principles that allowed for the Code and Standard to be benchmarked during the equivalence process of the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), a programme of the Consumer Goods Forum, in 2015. The principles further set out to comply with provisions of prevailing South African labour and health and safety legislation and international labour and health and safety standards, United Nations (‘UN’) and International Labour Organisation (‘ILO’) Conventions.

The current Version 4 (2021) incorporates the latest amendments to South African and International Labour and Occupational Health and Safety Legislation, including international Human Rights requirements. The latest version ensures that the Code and Standard meet the requirements of international regulations and standards best practice.

The review process is further aimed at ensuring that the standard is practical, implementable, and sustainable, whilst ensuring that the aim of the Code and Standard is achieved.

Review Process

WIETA Technical Audit Committee

The WIETA Technical Audit Committee, a multi-stakeholder body, monitors the review process, considers written submissions made and gives sign-off on the recommended changes for presentation to the WIETA Board for adoption.

Public Consultation

The Code principles and Standard requirements set out to comply with provisions of prevailing South African labour and health and safety legislation and international labour and health and safety standards, United Nations (‘UN’) and International Labour Organisation (‘ILO’) Conventions.

During the review process the current Code principles, Standard requirements and written submissions are considered against the above and the 10 ISEAL Credibility Principles for Standard Setting:

1.                  Sustainability 2.                  Impartiality
3.                  Improvement 4.                  Transparency
5.                  Relevance 6.                  Accessibility
7.                  Rigour 8.                  Truthfulness
9.                  Engagement 10.                Efficiency

 

The following groups of stakeholders and/or persons and/or organisations that represent the interests of any of the listed stakeholders are encouraged to partake a series of workshops.

  • Retailers
  • Brands and Cellars
  • Producers
  • Small Producers
  • Civil Society and Trade unions
  • Temporary Employment Services
  • Certification Bodies

Review process:

During the Review process all documentation is made available on the WIETA Website and members are  be invited through email to participate.

Phase one:

All stakeholders identified are provided with an opportunity to submit written submission on the Code and Standard. At least 60 Days is allowed for initial submission.

A series of workshops are held during Phase One. All written submission submitted prior to the workshops are  attended to during the different workshops. It is required for all participants to submit written submission prior to attending the workshops. Following the workshops additional opportunity is allowed for further commenting.

WIETA Management prepare all submission with recommendations for amendments for submission to the Audit Technical Committee.

Phase two:

A reviewed Code and Standard is made available for consultation for a period of at least 30 days. All written submission are made publicly available. The review process is aimed at reaching consensus between the different stakeholders, while ensuring that the purpose and objective of the Code and Standard are being upheld. If necessary, additional consultation is held.

Phase three:

The revised Code and Standard is signed-off by the Audit Technical Committee. Final approval of the Code and Standard is required by the WIETA Board.

Phase four:

The adopted revised Code and Standard (Version updated at each review – Currently at 4) is made available to all stakeholders and audit participants. A date for implementation of the revised Code and Standard is communicated once the final Code and Standard is approved by the WIETA Board.

Subsequent Reviews

Following the acceptance of the newly revised version, the WIETA Code and Standard is applicable for at the very most, a 3 year period. However, where South African labour legislation is amended from time to time, and the conditions of the legislation provide more favourable terms and conditions of employment in the sector, or, where the members of the association agree to more favourable terms and conditions of employment than those stipulated in labour legislation and it affords the highest protection to workers, the Code and Standard will be amended accordingly.

Where requirements are added, deleted, or amended before the next full review of the Standard, amended versions were communicated and made available on the WIETA website at https://www.wieta.org.za/.

It is required that the WIETA Code and Standard be reviewed every three years. This process includes multi-stakeholder public consultation. Version 5 of the Code and Standard is scheduled for review in 2024.

Equivalence Requirements

In order to align the WIETA Standard with international market requirements and criteria for recognition, the WIETA Scheme undertakes equivalence and benchmarking processes against technical regulations required by local legalisation and / or international regulations, benchmarking against other standards and ethical Codes such as Amfori BSCI and SEDEX’s SMETA and international equivalence platforms such as the Consumer Goods Forum’s Sustainability Supply Chain Initiative, the Sustainable Wine Round Table Initiative and the ITC’s Standards Map.

The Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA) is the WIETA equivalent Standard Owner for the fruit industry. To accommodate members who need to adhere to both Fruit and Wine Industry standards, WIETA and SIZA have committed to offer what is known as a Combined WIETA/SIZA Audit to save auditing costs for members.

For further information on the next Standard Review Process please contact Louhan@wieta.org.za