The Technical Committee enables members to take an active role in advising the governance board over matters related to the stewardship of GRMA certification program. Committee members are charged with supporting the committee charter and engaging through the following activities:
- Normative Reference, Education & Grievance Oversight – Communicates updates on audit standards. Clarifies any challenges or inconsistencies affecting adherence to the standards. Oversees the resolution of any complaints from members.
- Audit Integrity & Benchmarking Requirement Management – Provides technical input to the tools and processes that the GRMA uses for consistency.
- Protocol & Guidance Document Surveillance – Manages and provides guidance on unique practices or exemptions, e.g. the virtual/remote auditing policy from 2020-2021.
To maintain balance, the GRMA seeks to have the Technical Committee co-chaired between a retailer member and manufacturer member. The co-chairs also have a place on the Governance Board. Here, they represent the Technical Committee’s interests and priorities.
Each month, on a volunteer basis, members meet to address the most pressing issues as defined by the Chair(s). Because the certification program makes such a significant impact within the industry, members of the Technical Committee are in a unique position to influence industry outcomes. While their work is largely “behind the scenes,” what they do directly impacts manufacturers, retailers, and certification bodies (CBs).
Members within the Technical Committee thrive on collaborating across functions. They’re focused on year-round partnership and continuous improvement. They look for ways to continue sharing best practices between retailers and manufacturers.
Expected Involvement & Commitment – Members will not receive compensation for involvement and are expected to be active participants in the committee or sub-committees as established by the charter. We would expect members in these (sub)committees to volunteer approximately 2-4 hours/month for projects, calls, and planning.