Secretary of State John Kerry announced the presentation of the 2014 Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in Persons to the CIW at yesterday’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 forces and consumer awareness to promote supply chain transparency and eradicate modern slavery on participating farms, we award this Presidential Medal.”

Harvard Business Review:  The Fair Food Program is among the 15 “most important social-impact success stories of the past century”

  • 2022 Frances Perkins Public Service Award from the American Bar Association presented to the CIW for “its vital decades-long fight for the dignities of agricultural workers and its impact on harnessing legal and market forces to bring about change.”
  • 2017 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, presented to CIW’s Co-Founder Greg Asbed by the MacArthur Foundation, which declared Worker-driven Social Responsibility a “visionary strategy… with potential to transform workplace environments across the global supply chain.”
  • 2015 Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts Combatting Modern-Day Slavery, presented by Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of President Barack ObamaSelected National and International Recognition of the CIW and its Members
  • 2014 Global Citizen Award, Clinton Global Initiative, presented by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • 2013 Freedom from Want Medal, Roosevelt Institute, for career “devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all”
  • 2012 Food Sovereignty Award Honoree, WhyHunger, for grassroots groups transforming industrial agriculture.
  • 2012 Growing Green Award, Natural Resources Defense Council, for leaders and innovators in the field of sustainable food and agriculture.
  • 2011 Future of Food Conference Participants, Georgetown University, convened by the Washington Post and His Royal Highness Prince Charles Phillip Arthur George, Prince of Wales.
  • 2010 Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award, U.S. Department of State. On the occasion of the State Department’s release of the 10th annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, which for the first time included the United States in its rankings. In recognition of “perseverance against slavery operations in the U.S. agricultural industry” and “determination to eliminate forced labor in supply chains.”
  • 2010 People of the Year, Fort Myers (FL) News-Press, in recognition of the CIW’s “years of groundbreaking advocacy” and “landmark efforts, which have far-ranging implications beyond Southwest Florida.”
  • 2010 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award, Villanova University, Center for Peace & Justice Education.
  • 2009 Benny Award, Business Ethics Network, for outstanding contribution to corporate ethics.
  • 2008 Sister Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award, Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
  • 2007 Anti-Slavery Award, Anti-Slavery International of London (world’s oldest human rights organization) for exceptional contribution towards tackling modern-day slavery in the U.S. agricultural industry.
  • 2006 Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award, Freedom Network USA, for outstanding contributions to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery in the U.S.
  • 2005 Letter of Commendation from F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller.
  • 2005 Benny Award, Business Ethics Network, for outstanding contribution to corporate ethics.
  • 2005 Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award, World Hunger Year, for leadership in the fight against poverty.
  • 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights.
  • 2000 NOW Woman of Courage Award, National Organization for Women.
  • 1999 Grand Prize Brick Award, Rolling Stone magazine and Do Something Foundation.
  • 1998 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award, Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Corporate Retailers with Fair Food Agreements


For a full list of participating Florida tomato growers, visit the Fair Food Program website.