Presenter: Frank Gerriets, Programme Manager and Director, Organic Services
GC Management is a new software programme that supports smallholder groups and businesses with small producers under contract farming with the management of their internal control system (ICS). All internal inspection procedures and farm data are administered and managed by an efficient database, which includes reports, e.g. farmer and crop lists, as well as data export functions e.g. for non-conformities and corrective actions. GC Management is multi-lingual and offers multi-standard inspection checklists for organic (EU, NOP, JAS, Naturland, Bio Suisse, Demeter), Fairtrade, UTZ Certified and GLOBALG.A.P. standards. Additional standards and languages can be added. Group Certification Management helps producer organizations greatly to simplify the implementation of their ICS; ensure compliance with international food production requirements and standards; improve the organization’s administration and documentation; increase product integrity; improve the communication between the organization and various business partners, e.g. trading companies and the external certifier.