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MacArthur Foundation: WSR is a “visionary strategy… with potential to transform workplace environments across the global supply chain.”

MacArthur Foundation: WSR is a “visionary strategy… with potential to transform workplace environments across the global supply chain.”

[video width="1280" height="720" align="center" mp4="http://ciw-online.org/wp-content/uploads/WY6HOl.mp4" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video] Dear friends, Each day this week, we have revisited a significant moment in the CIW's 25-year history, moments that, when taken together, tell the remarkable story of a small organization in a dirt-poor farmworker community on the edge of the Everglades that managed to build common cause with consumers across the country to >> Read More
Three keys to the future of the Fair Food Program: Expansion, expansion, and expansion…

Three keys to the future of the Fair Food Program: Expansion, expansion, and expansion…

“You’re not in Florida anymore... When we’re up here, what I say goes, not the CIW!” Those were the words of a crewleader with one of Florida’s largest tomato growers speaking to his crew on a company farm in Georgia during the early years of the Fair Food Program, before the FFP had expanded up the East Coast, all the way >> Read More
A new day dawns in Florida’s tomato fields…

A new day dawns in Florida’s tomato fields…

[caption id="attachment_29348" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Jon Esformes (left), Operating Partner of Pacific Tomato Growers, shakes hands with the CIW’s Lucas Benitez on August 12, 2010, after signing a groundbreaking agreement to implement the Fair Food Code of Conduct on Pacific’s farms.[/caption] “The wall comes tumbling down.” “Victory long time coming for Florida tomato pickers.” “Tomato grower, harvesters strike historic accord.” Those >> Read More
One of the “inconceivable moon shots of their day…” (Harvard Business Review, 2017)

One of the “inconceivable moon shots of their day…” (Harvard Business Review, 2017)

Dear friends, In 2017, just one year shy of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ 25th Anniversary, the Harvard Business Review named the Fair Food Program one of the “inconceivable moon shots of its day,” in a sweeping report on 15 of the “most important social impact success stories of the past century,” alongside car seats, Sesame Street, and the cure >> Read More
To commemorate the  CIW’s Silver Anniversary, help us raise $50,000 by the end of 2018!

To commemorate the CIW’s Silver Anniversary, help us raise $50,000 by the end of 2018!

Dear friends, 25 years ago, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers was born in a series of community meetings, held in a cramped, corner room in the back of Immokalee's Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.  The arc of the CIW's history since those early days – from those modest first meetings to the CIW's leading role today on the global >> Read More
Compass Group USA highlights Fair Food partnership at Restaurant Associate’s Innovation Summit!

Compass Group USA highlights Fair Food partnership at Restaurant Associate’s Innovation Summit!

Today, we bring you a quick and exciting update from the Fair Food label front! This past Friday and Saturday, inside New York City’s historic Prince George Ballroom, the Fair Food Program was on display at Restaurant Associate’s Innovation Summit, organized by one of the Fair Food Program’s participating buyers, Compass Group U.S.A.  Building on years of internal education with >> Read More
PHOTO REPORT, PART 2: “Boot the Braids” campaign ramps up pressure against university leaders’ dishonorable stance on Wendy’s human rights record…

PHOTO REPORT, PART 2: “Boot the Braids” campaign ramps up pressure against university leaders’ dishonorable stance on Wendy’s human rights record…

[caption id="attachment_29221" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Over 60 UNC-Chapel Hill students, professors and Triangle-area community leaders hold a protest in support of the “Boot the Braids” campaign to remove Wendy’s from campus until the company joins the award-winning Fair Food Program. Oct. 25, 2018.[/caption] Ohio State, UNC - Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, University of Florida students fight to remove Wendy’s from >> Read More
PHOTO REPORT: Student/Farmworker Alliance turns up the heat on Wendy’s with National Week of Action!

PHOTO REPORT: Student/Farmworker Alliance turns up the heat on Wendy’s with National Week of Action!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="795"] Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stage a theater skit on the steps of UNC Chancellor Folt’s office to highlight the University’s complicity in human rights abuses.[/caption] Hundreds of students, young people from Coast to Coast get creative in Wendy's Boycott during "Pulling Back the Curtain on Wendy's" National Week of Action! >> Read More
Harvard Business Review:  Fair Food Program is “a novel example of how to prevent and address workplace abuse”!

Harvard Business Review: Fair Food Program is “a novel example of how to prevent and address workplace abuse”!

[caption id="attachment_23862" align="aligncenter" width="796"] A Fair Food Program label (above, left) identifies FFP strawberries, headed for Whole Foods. The label came years after farmworkers and consumers took collective action to create the Fair Food Program, using the power of the market to protect workers at the bottom of global supply chains.[/caption] CIW's "efforts use supply-chain reform to eliminate sexual harassment, >> Read More
BREAKING: Methodist Theological School in Ohio endorses the Wendy’s Boycott in unanimous vote!

BREAKING: Methodist Theological School in Ohio endorses the Wendy’s Boycott in unanimous vote!

[caption id="attachment_29186" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Reverend Jay Rundell, President of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, signs the official resolution endorsing the Wendy's Boycott on Tuesday following its unanimous approval by the MTSO Board of Trustees. The CIW's Nely Rodriguez looks on.[/caption] Ohio-based seminary becomes first academic institution to endorse the Wendy's Boycott! "Sustainable justice cannot be a value we >> Read More