Author: CIW

CIW at 2020 Climate Underground Conference: “The pandemic was like a stress test… for the food system as a whole”…

CIW at 2020 Climate Underground Conference: “The pandemic was like a stress test… for the food system as a whole”…

CIW: "The disconnect between the people who pick fruits and vegetables for a living and the people who buy them and eat them at the end of the chain is almost total..." Late last month, former Vice President Al Gore held a virtual version of a gathering organized on his family's farm in Tennessee for the first time last year >> Read More
Author: Corporate Social Responsibility “badly failing to detect, address, and prevent forced labour in the global economy.”

Author: Corporate Social Responsibility “badly failing to detect, address, and prevent forced labour in the global economy.”

[caption id="attachment_30867" align="aligncenter" width="704"] In late 2019, more than 500 farmworkers and supporters marched through Manhattan, demanding transparency and a real commitment to farmworkers' human rights from Wendy's.  The hamburger giant continues to claim that its corporate code of conduct and occasional audits are sufficient to guarantee respect for workers’ rights in its supply chain despite a growing academic consensus >> Read More
“From empty standards to enforceable rights”…

“From empty standards to enforceable rights”…

[caption id="attachment_33158" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Cover image from Migrant Justice's first biennial report on the groundbreaking Milk with Dignity Program (photo by Vera Chang).  The report covers the history of the innovative human rights program, its mechanisms for monitoring and enforcement, and the results from its first two years of operation.[/caption] Migrant Justice releases landmark report documenting unprecedented progress in Vermont >> Read More
Great new article in The Nation: “The Immokalee Way: Protecting Farmworkers Amid a Pandemic”…

Great new article in The Nation: “The Immokalee Way: Protecting Farmworkers Amid a Pandemic”…

Excellent reporting from The Nation takes sweeping look at this spring's first big COVID-19 outbreak among essential farmworkers -- involving workers sleeping two to a bed in overcrowded, unpermitted housing -- at Green Empire greenhouse in upstate NY; Green Empire greenhouse “owned by Ontario-based Mastronardi Produce, the largest distributor of hydroponic, indoor-grown produce in North America, and owner of at least six such facilities across the United States”; >> Read More
Collier County Sheriff’s changing version of events that led to police shooting of Nicolas Morales undermines public trust in the investigation and demands immediate transparency…

Collier County Sheriff’s changing version of events that led to police shooting of Nicolas Morales undermines public trust in the investigation and demands immediate transparency…

[caption id="attachment_32877" align="aligncenter" width="900"] A young Immokalee resident holds a sign during last month's prayer vigil following the fatal police shooting of Nicolas Morales.[/caption] Collier County Sheriff's Office issues conflicting statements on last month's fatal shooting of Nicolas Morales;  Multiple discrepancies cast doubt on several key elements of the events leading up to Nicolas' death at the hands of Collier >> Read More
“The world has lost a giant, one who happily forsook Goliath for a life well-spent in David’s army.”

“The world has lost a giant, one who happily forsook Goliath for a life well-spent in David’s army.”

[caption id="attachment_33000" align="aligncenter" width="800"] General Counsel for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Steve Hitov, speaks on a panel during a private screening of "Food Chains" in the Capitol Visitors Center on September 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for "Food Chains")[/caption] Steve Hitov, Pioneering Human Rights Strategist and General Counsel, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, dies at >> Read More
A quote by the late Congressman John Lewis resurfaces, and not a moment too soon…

A quote by the late Congressman John Lewis resurfaces, and not a moment too soon…

[caption id="attachment_32835" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Rep. John Lewis (center, left), the late congressman and civil rights activist, with Rep. Barbara Lee (center, right) in Selma, Alabama.[/caption] Civil Rights hero cites CIW in introduction to his final book on his life in the fight for social justice... Congressman John Lewis: “Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation >> Read More
Harvard Law School Human Rights Program hosts CIW for webinar on business and human rights!

Harvard Law School Human Rights Program hosts CIW for webinar on business and human rights!

Check out highlights from a remarkable conversation on the groundbreaking, 10-year study detailing the failure of the dominant Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) model and lifting up the Fair Food Program as the way forward for protecting human rights in corporate supply chains...  Last week, we reported on the release of an unprecedented new study that is shaking up the world >> Read More
Fair Food Program expansion marches on, even in these difficult times!

Fair Food Program expansion marches on, even in these difficult times!

Award-winning Fair Food Program breaks ground in Tennessee alongside longtime partner Sunripe Certified Brands and new FFP Participating Grower, Smoky Mountain Family Farms... Even in these dark and difficult times, the Fair Food Program continues to inspire and transform lives for the better. First came the publication last week of an unprecedented, decade-long study carried out by MSI Integrity, the >> Read More