Hitov selected to be inaugural recipient of the Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award, given by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR

He was with the CIW during the general strikes of the 1990’s, securing the release of farmworker leaders from the Collier County Jail when they were wrongly arrested by overzealous sheriff’s deputies.

He was with the CIW in 2000, when we marched for two weeks – and 234 miles – across the state of Florida on the March for Dignity, Dialogue, and a Fair Wage (pictured above).

He was with the CIW in 2005 when we negotiated our first-ever Fair Food Agreement with Taco Bell, and he was with us for every single Fair Food agreement since that first one, for a total of 14 groundbreaking agreements… and counting.

And we are proud to say that on April 24th in Washington, DC, we will be with him when the CIW’s longtime consigliere, Steve Hitov, will be recognized for his untiring dedication – and unparalleled contribution – to the vital work of protecting workers’ fundamental human rights in corporate supply chains.  On that day, Steve will receive the first-ever Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award, presented by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR).

If you don’t recognize Steve in the photo at the top of this post, there’s a reason for that: Just as you see him in the photo above, Steve was never the drum major at the front of the CIW’s very public, decades-long struggle.  Instead, he has chosen to ply his trade outside the spotlight for more than twenty years, in the background of the CIW’s many marches, strikes, fasts, press conferences, panels and presentations.  

Yet those who truly know the world of human rights and corporate accountability – and know the awesome power of the Worker-driven Social Responsibility model at the heart of the CIW’s Fair Food Program – know Steve, and cannot but respect the impact of his work over the past several decades in redressing the imbalance of power underlying the extreme poverty and exploitation faced by workers of all kinds at the bottom of global supply chains.

And one thing the Human Rights Award Selection Committee at ICAR knows is the world of human rights and corporate accountability!

We’ll bring you more on this wonderful news from the award ceremony later this month, but for now, here is the ICAR press release announcing the selection...





Follow the money: Powerful new article connects the dots between Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz and massive public employee pension funds…

April 5, 2019

Truthout: “This means that public sector workers across the country have pension funds invested with a hedge fund that refuses to do right by farmworkers, some of the poorest and most vulnerable laborers in the U.S.” In a searing new article published yesterday in the news blog Truthout, reporter Derek Seidman, a research analyst with the Public Accountability Initiative, takes a closer look at the activist investor who runs Wendy’s, Nelson Peltz, and at Peltz’s $11-billion dollar hedge fund, Trian Partners.  And what he finds might just surprise you. Following on last month’s major New York Times article on the CIW’s […]

Farmworker Awareness Week highlights Fair Food Program at Compass Group locations across the nation!

March 29, 2019

We support farmworkers by buying produce from farms that commit to a Code of Conduct, ensuring fairer and safer working conditions. #Icareaboutfair — WSU Dining (@WSU__Dining) March 27, 2019 This week, in honor of Farmworker Awareness Week, college campuses, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and many other partners of Compass Group USA were flooded with beautiful new graphics about the Fair Food Program – and an invitation for everyday consumers and socially-conscious college students to get involved in the Fair Food movement!  The efforts are being driven by Compass’s Student Success interns, Chartwells, Morrison Healthcare, Compass staff and Fair Food Chefs, […]

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March 27, 2019

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BREAKING: Florida Atlantic University Student Government joins UM, UF in unanimously approving resolution to boot Wendy’s from campus!

March 25, 2019

Boca Raton House Resolution 9-31 (excerpt):  …WHEREAS, Florida Atlantic University should cut ties with Wendy’s by removing them from FAU’s food court, in order to send a message that Wendy’s behavior will not be tolerated, and;  THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton House of Representatives pushes the administration to now remove Wendy’s from the Boca Raton Campus at Florida Atlantic University. Last Friday, student leaders at Florida Atlantic University added their voices to the swelling chorus of student and city governments calling for universities to cut ties with Wendy’s until the company joins the award-winning Fair Food […]

BREAKING: University of Florida student government unanimously votes to Boot the Braids!

March 21, 2019

University of Florida Student Government leaders give speakers from the UF Boot the Braids campaign a standing ovation following a presentation about the campaign on the eve of last week’s massive march through the UF campus. Just days after massive march, University of Florida Student Government passes powerful, unanimous resolution in support of student-led Boot the Braids campaign! On Tuesday, the University of Florida Student Government escalated student pressure on Wendy’s – and on UF President Kent Fuchs – voting unanimously to call on the UF administration to cut the university’s contract with Wendy’s until the fast-food giant joins the […]

A truly GRAND finale!…

March 18, 2019

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New York Times: “Why Wendy’s Is Facing Campus Protests (It’s About the Tomatoes)”…

March 14, 2019

Susan L. Marquis, dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School: “They’ve already been successful in a measurable way at effectively eliminating modern-day slavery and sexual assault, and greatly reducing harassment.”  NYT: “Over the last decade, [the Fair Food Program] has helped transform the state’s tomato industry from one in which wage theft and violence were rampant to an industry with the some of the highest labor standards in American agriculture.” Last week, in our report on the unforgettable “March of the Red Carnations” at Ohio State University, we mentioned in passing that a blockbuster new article on the CIW’s Wendy’s Boycott had […]

20th century Civil Rights movement and 21st century Human Rights movement come together as Fair Food tour lands in Atlanta!

March 13, 2019

4 for Fair Food Tour stops in Atlanta on way to final stop in Gainesville, re-fuels with visit to Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, Wendy’s action… Following a long, overnight drive from Ann Arbor to Atlanta, the sleep-deprived – but indefatigable – tour crew took advantage of some rare downtime to squeeze in a few hours of entertainment and education on Monday, visiting some of Atlanta’s top attractions.  Later, they headed back out into the city’s streets for a late afternoon Wendy’s protest, followed by a wonderful dinner with old friends from the booming capital of the new […]

Alyssa Milano pens Women’s History Month Op/ed: “Immokalee workers’ laser focus on power is a lesson for us all, as we stand up and declare Time’s Up on sexual harassment and assault…”

March 12, 2019

“When women look back on their history fifty years from now, the Fair Food Program will be a chapter in that history.  But we all need to take a page from the Immokalee workers’ book across all work environments, including and starting with the entertainment industry.  We can eradicate sexual harassment and violence for the next generation.  All we have to do is make it bad for business.” On International Women’s Day, in The Wrap (one of the entertainment industry’s leading news sources), actress, activist and stalwart friend of the Fair Food movement, Alyssa Milano, published a powerful op/ed celebrating […]

From Protest to Party: Celebrating victory at U of Michigan!…

March 11, 2019

4 for Fair Food Tour rolls into Ann Arbor, spends a special Sunday with Michigan allies celebrating success in Boot the Braids Campaign at UM! After more than a week on the road – and on the heels of an emotionally-charged march and protest at OSU in Columbus, Ohio – the bus and its many satellite vehicles carrying workers from Immokalee and their allies on the 4 for Fair Food Tour arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Sunday, the site of the first major victory in the campus-based Boot the Braids Campaign. In true CIW style, however, the celebration couldn’t begin […]