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The Global Markets Journey Video

Roadmap to Safer Food and Market Access

The GFSI Global Markets Programme sets out how companies who lack or have underdeveloped food safety systems can meet the challenge of food safety, while simultaneously reducing hazards in global food supply chains and working towards market access through certification to one of the nine GFSI-recognised certification programme owners (CPOs). It provides an unaccredited entry point for these companies with its step-by-step programme designed to build capacity within production and manufacturing operations, and implement a course of continuous improvement. 

In addition to GFSI’s role as a recognised leader in the benchmarking of global food safety standards, the development of the Global Markets Programme has been hailed by GFSI Stakeholders as one of its premier achievements. Since its initial launch, the Global Markets Programme has been adopted by companies around the globe as an entry level food safety solution for small, developing companies in local markets.

The Scope

The Programme has so far been developed to cover the scopes of manufacturing (operation of primary products and manufacturing of processed foods) and primary production (farming of plants, grains and pulses).

The Benefits

For Suppliers
  • Facilitated access to local, regional and international trade
  • Certificated companies
  • Framework for a legal defence
  • Framework that allows mentoring and training
For Retailers, Brand Manufacturers, Food Service
  • Effective shared risk management tools
  • Framework for mutual acceptance along the supply chain
  • Convergence which reduces costs, improves market linkages and enables simpler buying
For Governments and Regulators
  • Compliance with their legislation
  • Regulatory efficiencies
  • Opportunity to align both public and private approaches
  • Total supply chain food safety management system
For Consumers

How it works

The GFSI Global Markets Programme functions through a series of phases and tools. The programme is based on key requirements extracted from the GFSI Guidance Document, and is primarily based upon the Codex General Principles of Food Hygiene Code of Practice. It is designed as a non-certification assessment process that is carried out within a defined time period. Assessments carried out against the basic (35% of the key elements of the GFSI Guidance Document) and intermediate (65%) levels are unaccredited as the Programme is not a food safety scheme. The final step of the approach is an accredited certification against one of the GFSI recognised schemes.

The Global Food Safety Initiative does not carry out training programmes, nor does it develop training materials. However, a number of organisations have developed training manuals and courses for suppliers wishing to implement the Global Markets Programme.

Impact

The World Bank Group’s Independent Evaluation Group commissioned an in-depth survey of 16 participating small and medium-sized food companies in Ukraine. 83% of companies that provided responses confirmed that increased food safety practices in line with the GFSI Global Markets Programme requirements helped these companies increase sales, profitability, and attract investments.

GFSI Global Markets Case Studies give further examples of the impact of the programme. If you have worked with the Global Markets Programme, we encourage you to send us your own case studies.

Case Study: Global Markets Programme - AEON, Malaysia
This case study will tell you about an ongoing project that started in Malaysia in 2013. You will read about how the Japanese retailer AEON in a public-private partnership with UNIDO has used the Global Markets Programme as a capacity building tool to support the entry of new local suppliers into their supply chains. You will also find out how on conclusion of the project it became nationalised and in future will be coordinated by the Ministry of Health. 

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Case Study: Global Markets Programme - METRO, Bulgaria and Serbia
This case study will tell you about an ongoing project that started in Bulgaria and Serbia in 2010. You will read about how the German-based international retailer METRO Group, working in partnership with its service provider ISACert, used the GFSI Global Markets Programme as a capacity building tool to support the entry of new local suppliers into their supply chains.

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For further resources, visit the GFSI Information Kit