Author: CIW

OP/ED: “An astonishing journey from Lesotho to Immokalee and back”…

OP/ED: “An astonishing journey from Lesotho to Immokalee and back”…

[caption id="attachment_30582" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Representatives from women’s organizations and unions based in Lesotho gather for a photo with representatives of the CIW, the Fair Food Standards Council, Workers Rights Consortium and the Solidarity Center in Immokalee to commemorate a two-day exchange in November of last year to study the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model and the CIW’s Fair Food Program. >> Read More
CIW families join over 4 million in global Climate March!…

CIW families join over 4 million in global Climate March!…

[caption id="attachment_30661" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A delegation of farmworkers and their families from Immokalee assemble in Naples, Florida, for a group photo following the local Climate March last Friday evening. Events continue this week across the globe calling for immediate and meaningful action to combat the climate emergency as representatives gather at the United Nations in New York City for the >> Read More
REPORT: “Fig Leaf for Fashion: How social auditing protects brands and fails workers”

REPORT: “Fig Leaf for Fashion: How social auditing protects brands and fails workers”

Auditor: “We go as far as brands want us to go” New report exposes multi-billion social auditing industry operating as corporate social responsibility (CSR) tool to protect brand reputation and profits while aggravating risks to garment workers This week, we bring you news from the international front in the battle to protect workers' human rights in global supply chains.  A >> Read More
BREAKING: WSR marches on!  Groundbreaking human rights model puts down roots on a third continent with garment workers’ victory in Lesotho…

BREAKING: WSR marches on! Groundbreaking human rights model puts down roots on a third continent with garment workers’ victory in Lesotho…

[caption id="attachment_30582" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Representatives from women's organizations and unions based in Lesotho gather for a photo with representatives of the CIW, the Fair Food Standards Council, Workers Rights Consortium and the Solidarity Center in Immokalee to commemorate a two-day exchange in November of last year to study the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model and the CIW's Fair Food Program. >> Read More
“Deeply inspiring and profoundly important”: Sweeping new history of US labor debuts to stellar reviews…

“Deeply inspiring and profoundly important”: Sweeping new history of US labor debuts to stellar reviews…

[caption id="attachment_30569" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Cover photo for "Beaten Down, Worked Up" by Scott Heins, Getty Images[/caption] "Beaten Down, Worked Up," by former New York Times labor correspondent Steven Greenhouse, called a "riveting account of the rise and fall of organized labor," by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich; Greenhouse devotes entire chapter to the history of the CIW, from the >> Read More
One Saturday, two Americas…

One Saturday, two Americas…

[caption id="attachment_30538" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The joy of a late summer visit by CIW staff and family members to Washington, DC, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, where the CIW's re-interpretation of the Statue of Liberty (above, rear) resides on permanent display, was shattered this past Saturday by the news of the mass shooting in El Paso, TX, by a >> Read More
Blockbuster new cookbook by Chef José Andrés highlights CIW and Fair Food Program!…

Blockbuster new cookbook by Chef José Andrés highlights CIW and Fair Food Program!…

New York Times bestseller: "Fair Food Program... takes direct aim at the food system's gravest injustices and holds major retailers accountable for the food they sell." Chef José Andrés – the irrepressible, James Beard Award-winning, Spanish chef who, among many other things in his non-stop mission to feed and change the world, traveled to Puerto Rico in the wake of >> Read More
NY Times Op/Ed: “The strongest model for farmworkers today is in Florida…”

NY Times Op/Ed: “The strongest model for farmworkers today is in Florida…”

[caption id="attachment_25182" align="aligncenter" width="750"] An auditor from the Fair Food Standards Council, the third-party monitoring body tasked with ensuring the implementation of the CIW's Fair Food Program, conducts an interview with workers on a tomato farm in Florida.[/caption] Author Miriam Pawel: "The strongest model for farmworkers today is in Florida, where the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has achieved major gains – not >> Read More
When the Sunday funnies get real…

When the Sunday funnies get real…

[caption id="attachment_30410" align="alignleft" width="1854"] Earlier this month, the popular comic strip Non Sequitur provided an unexpected, but deeply incisive, critique of corporate social responsibility.[/caption]   The CSR model stops at solving the problem it was intended to solve — public relations crises — for the actors it was intended to serve, the global brands.  The WSR model, on the other >> Read More