Author: CIW

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
New survey of corporate leaders shows Wendy’s WAY behind the curve on social responsibility…

New survey of corporate leaders shows Wendy’s WAY behind the curve on social responsibility…

[caption id="attachment_30252" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A graphic from the new report "Leading with Purpose in an Age Defined by It" captures several of the lessons drawn from an extensive survey of business leaders on the role of corporations in addressing social problems from inequality to climate change.[/caption] Elizabeth Ricardo, Peet's Coffee: "We're at a tipping point because of the extreme landscape >> Read More
Taco Bell Boycott Stories: A new website series…

Taco Bell Boycott Stories: A new website series…

[caption id="attachment_30196" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Workers from Immokalee build a pyramid of picking buckets outside Taco Bell parent company Yum Brands' corporate headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2003. The pyramid represented the number of 32-lb buckets of tomatoes a worker needed to pick to earn the minimum wage at the 40-cent per bucket piece rate that had been stagnant for nearly >> Read More
Wendy’s social media smackdown, Part Two…

Wendy’s social media smackdown, Part Two…

[caption id="attachment_30160" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Above is the opening of Alyssa Milano's Instagram response to Wendy's statement to CNN on the social media firestorm set off on Sunday by Amy Schumer's Instagram post calling on people to boycott Wendy's for its refusal to join the Fair Food Program. Wendy's statement began, "This is complex issue..."[/caption] Sunday Fail: Wendy's tries to leverage >> Read More
In his own words: Read Steve Hitov’s acceptance speech at ICAR’s Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award ceremony…

In his own words: Read Steve Hitov’s acceptance speech at ICAR’s Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award ceremony…

[caption id="attachment_30139" align="aligncenter" width="700"] The CIW's Steve Hitov speaks at last week's Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award ceremony in Washington, DC. Hitov was the inaugural recipient of the Skinner award, given by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) at its annual meeting in memory of the longtime advocate, advisor and leader in the fight for human rights in corporate supply >> Read More