SPRING – Sustainable Program for Irrigation and Use of Groundwater

70% of the world’s freshwater resources are used for agriculture. With increasing pressure on this limited resource, agricultural supply chains will soon depend on a sustainable approach to water management. Thus, food system actors are now expected to provide evidence of their efforts to manage water-related risks and promote sustainable practices.

SPRING is a farm-level add-on that helps growers, retailers and traders demonstrate their commitment to sustainable water management, and can be applied in conjunction with the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA for Crops. SPRING incorporates a large number of criteria to assess whether sustainable water management is being carried out on the farm. Some of these criteria are as follows:

  • Legal compliance of water sources and withdrawal rates
  • Monitoring water consumption
  • Impact of producers in the sustainable management of hydrographic basins
  • Best practices in water management
  • Protection of water sources
  • Measures that demonstrate continuous improvement of water management

Those producers who effectively apply the SPRING add-on receive a certificate of conformity, which can also be viewed in the GLOBALG.A.P. database. Authorized supply chain actors can also access the full audit report as a “SPRING observer”, via the GLOBALG.A.P. database.

The SPRING add-on was developed in 2016 by the Swiss retail company Coop in collaboration with GLOBALG.A.P., and in 2019 ownership of the standard was officially transferred to GLOBALG.A.P.

Depending on the country, the same “ISO 9001” standard can be called differently, adding the name of the body that represents it within the country: UNE-EN-ISO 9001:2015 (Spain), IRAM-ISO 9001:2015, etc., accompanied by the year of the last update of the standard

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