We are proud to announce that Punchbowl Packaging Limited has once again been certified for the BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers in May 2019 and retained a rating of AA. We were the first New Zealand company to achieve this in 2018, with only as few as 20 other companies in the world to have received this accreditation.
The BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers provides a framework to manage product safety, quality and legality for businesses in the food, packaging and consumer products industries which buy, sell or facilitate the trade of products, but who do not manufacture, process or store products in their own facilities or on their own site. This Global Standard is designed to promote best practice and has been developed to specify the safety, quality and operational criteria required to fulfil obligations regarding legal compliance and protection of the consumer or end user of the product. It is intended to assist companies and their customers in meeting the legislative requirement for product safety and to identify and control hazards significant to the safety, legality, integrity and quality of the products.
The key components of the standard are:
SENIOR MANAGEMENT COMMITMENT AND CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT
Consistent product safety is the responsibility of everyone within the company. The starting point for an effective product safety plan is the commitment of senior management to the implementation of the BRC Global Standard and continual development. This includes providing adequate resources, effective communication, system reviews, actions taken and opportunities for improvement.
HAZARD AND RISK ASSESSMENT
The BRC Global Standard requires the development of a product safety plan covering the services/operations the company manages or specifies. This is based on the principles of hazard and risk analysis (commonly known as HACCP in the food industry) and must be documented, comprehensive, fully implemented and maintained.
PRODUCT SAFETY AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Sets out the requirements for the management of product safety and quality. This includes requirements for document control, internal auditing, control of non-conforming product and the management of incidents and product recalls.
SUPPLIER AND SUBCONTRACTED SERVICE MANAGEMENT
The selection and management of product manufacturers, subcontractors and service providers is key to the management of product safety. A risk-based approach is used to ensure products and services are only sourced from approved manufacturers, following agreed specifications, with a traceable and transparent supply chain.
Sets out the standard needed to ensure employees are adequately trained and instructed and are demonstrably competent to carry out their activities.
We recognise, that Punchbowl Packaging plays an essential role in the movement and trade of products, having an influence on supplier product safety and quality standards, as well as providing a critical link in the chain of custody and maintaining an effective chain of traceability. We want to ensure our customers have confidence in our production programmes, operational services and supply chain management and providing our customers with the best possible customer experience when dealing with Punchbowl Packaging.