An update from SAI Platform on COVID-19

31st March 2020

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID 19) pandemic we want to reassure our members and partners that SAI Platform continues to the best of our ability to carry on business as usual.

Our SAI Platform Team is made up of remote workers and we continue to fulfill our roles and responsibilities. However, with the closure of schools in many countries across Europe and North America, as with many of our members, we have had to adjust our work schedules because of family commitments. Due to national and international travel restrictions we have also re-evaluated how we can ensure the delivery of our priorities whilst respecting the advice and limitations imposed by our respective Governments.

We all accept that we are in a time of uncertainty and that information about new measures and policy on a global scale is constantly being updated. As a result, the following is relevant to today and we will continue to reassess and update according to medical and governmental guidance that affect local and international activities.

In the meantime, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well during these unprecedented times.

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Working Groups 


Many of our projects are in the initiation phase which we are fortunately able to progress remotely. Ongoing reviews, however, will continue across all projects as they progress with a particular focus to “on-the-ground” projects and their development.


A decision has now been made to postpone our Annual Event to the week of the 7th June 2021 in Parma, Italy. As a result, we will extend our webinar series to provide more content on sustainable agriculture through a range of informal 45-minute updates throughout 2020.

The General Assembly and voting in of the new Executive Committee will take place remotely on the afternoon (CET) of 10th June. Further details will be available shortly. 

Our mid-year Advisory Council and Executive Committee meeting scheduled for May will be postponed until early November. Dates for both of these will be confirmed shortly.

All FSA training events are on hold until further notice with the exception of FSA online training which will continue as planned.

Our International Executive Programme on Sustainable Sourcing & Trade remains scheduled but pending decisions later in the year.