Tag: sexual harassment

Starting today (Friday, 11/10), the Harvest without Violence Campaign hits New York City!

Farmworker women take fight to end sexual violence to the doorstep of Wendy's Board Chair, Nelson Peltz...CIW Women's Group to remind Peltz of his fellow CEO's words of warning (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook):  “If you know something is happening and you fail to take action, whether you are a man or a woman — especially when you are in power — you are >> Read More
Farmworker women to Wendy’s CEO: “Sexual violence has been our daily bread for decades”…

Farmworker women to Wendy’s CEO: “Sexual violence has been our daily bread for decades”…

CIW Women's Group pens powerful letters to Wendy's CEO Todd Penegor & Board Chair Nelson Peltz to educate company leaders on farmworker women's struggle against sexual harassment and assault in the fields, request meeting to discuss sexual violence against women in Wendy's supply chain face-to-face; Penegor and Peltz's response to date?  Two weeks of silence, and counting... Also: CIW puts final >> Read More
CNN on Fair Food Program: “How America’s ‘ground-zero’ for modern slavery was cleaned up by workers’ group…”

CNN on Fair Food Program: “How America’s ‘ground-zero’ for modern slavery was cleaned up by workers’ group…”

Alejandrina Carrera, worker on FFP farm: “You’re not going to be harassed, you’re not going to be insulted, you’re not going to be forced to work. There’s more respect now.” In an exceptional video series, CNN Freedom Project lifts up FFP as "most comprehensive social responsibility program in U.S. agriculture"... This week, the award-winning team at the CNN Freedom Project -- a new series designed to >> Read More
EEOC singles out Fair Food Program as “radically different accountability mechanism” in landmark report on harassment in the workplace!

EEOC singles out Fair Food Program as “radically different accountability mechanism” in landmark report on harassment in the workplace!

[caption id="attachment_23058" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The CIW's Nely Rodriguez leads an anti-sexual violence training earlier this year at Pacific Tomato Growers, the first farm to join the Fair Food Program in 2010.[/caption]EEOC Select Task Force releases high-level report, recommendations draw heavily on example of enforcement-driven FFP model with focus on education, protected complaint system, and corrective action...Once again, a government body has studied >> Read More

New York Times talks sexual harassment in the fields, letter cites Fair Food Program’s unique success in preventing abuse!

Sanjay Rawal, director of "Food Chains," in letter to editor of NYT: "The problem is real. But so is the solution — and it deserves mention."Earlier this month, the New York Times published a hard-hitting op/ed by two longtime California-based farmworker rights activists, Jose Padilla of California Rural Legal Assistance and David Bacon, an independent author and photojournalist.  The piece, >> Read More
What a year it was!  2015 Fair Food Year in Review…

What a year it was! 2015 Fair Food Year in Review…

[caption id="attachment_21123" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Secretary of State John Kerry announces the presentation of the 2014 Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in Persons to the CIW during January's White House Forum on Human Trafficking.  The citation reads: “For its extraordinary efforts to combat human trafficking by pioneering the Fair Food Program, empowering agricultural workers, and leveraging market >> Read More

Building a future without violence in the fields…

[caption id="attachment_23057" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Supervisors at Pacific Tomato Growers participate in a newly-developed training on the prevention of domestic violence and sexual violence in the workplace. The training curriculum -- the only one of its kind -- is being developed jointly by representatives of the CIW, Pacific, the Fair Food Standards Council, VIDA Legal Assistance, and the national anti-violence organization, >> Read More

Question: What are the three most important elements of a successful social responsibility program?

Answer:  1) Enforcement 2) Enforcement 3) EnforcementThe litany of brutal human rights abuses in corporate supply chains around the globe just keeps getting longer by the day, and more horrifying with each new exposé.Longtime readers of this site are familiar with the extensive history of labor abuse in America's fields, including Florida's own "Harvest of Shame."  From federal prosecutors declaring Florida "ground zero >> Read More

A cautionary tale: Farmworker women win massive judgment in sexual assault, retaliation case against Florida farm…

EEOC case a powerful reminder of:1) The ongoing epidemic of sexual violence in Florida's fields outside the bounds of the Fair Food Program, and2) The hypocrisy of retailers and the failure of the corporate social responsibility approach to stop the violence.Last Friday's announcement of a massive jury verdict in favor of five farmworker women who filed sexual assault and retaliation >> Read More

Fair Food Program featured on Catapult’s front page!

[hupso_hide][hupso title="#FairFoodProgram featured on @WeCatapult's front page! Help #farmworker women end #sexualharassment in the fields today!" url="http://ciw-online.org"] First, as a brief refresher:  Earlier this year, we got connected with Catapult, the World Wide Web's premier crowdfunding site for women's rights, curated by the likes of everyone from Beyónce Knowles to John Legend.  Big names aside -- at its core, this >> Read More