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Let’s make 2021 the year of Worker-driven Social Responsibility!

Let’s make 2021 the year of Worker-driven Social Responsibility!

As 2020 creeps to a close, reflections on one of the most brutal years in living memory are rolling in.  The "2020 Year in Review" headlines paint an unmitigatedly grim picture: "With 300,000 COVID-19 deaths and counting, U.S. faces unfathomable loss" "George Floyd, From ‘I Want to Touch the World’ to ‘I Can’t Breathe’" "The record-shattering 2020 hurricane season, explained" >> Read More
“As an investigator, I have seen firsthand that this program works, that it changes people’s lives…”

“As an investigator, I have seen firsthand that this program works, that it changes people’s lives…”

[caption id="attachment_33413" align="aligncenter" width="798"] Fair Food Standards Council staff responding to the FFP's 24/7 trilingual complaint line.[/caption] As the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear back in March, the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC), the independent monitoring body that has meticulously overseen the implementation of the Fair Food Program for more than a decade, braced for impact. The pandemic >> 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
New study confirms: All social responsibility programs NOT created equal!

New study confirms: All social responsibility programs NOT created equal!

[caption id="attachment_25182" align="aligncenter" width="800"] An auditor (right) from the Fair Food Standards Council, the third-party monitoring body tasked with ensuring the enforcement of the CIW’s Fair Food Program, is shown interviewing workers on a tomato farm in Florida.  A new, 10-year study by the NGO MSI Integrity released last week, titled "Not Fit for Purpose," found significant shortcomings with the >> Read More
CIW, Fair Food Program in the news….

CIW, Fair Food Program in the news….

[caption id="attachment_30902" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Farmworkers from Immokalee and their consumer allies rally outside Trian's offices during last November's What Are You Hiding, Wendy's? march.[/caption] It's time again for a media round-up!... When stories on the CIW or the Fair Food Program slip through the cracks in the seemingly infinite reaches of the internet, this site will always be there to >> Read More
2019 in review, Part 4: The vast potential of Worker-driven Social Responsibility…

2019 in review, Part 4: The vast potential of Worker-driven Social Responsibility…

[caption id="attachment_31104" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Farmworkers in the Milk With Dignity Program, established by Vermont's Migrant Justice through a longstanding collaboration with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Standards Council, get an early start on a local dairy farm.[/caption] Help bring the revolutionary new human rights model to workers in corporate supply chains across the U.S. and around >> Read More
ORGANIZING REPORT: New York City, Northeast region buzzing with plans for major Wendy’s march next week!

ORGANIZING REPORT: New York City, Northeast region buzzing with plans for major Wendy’s march next week!

[caption id="attachment_30836" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Student organizers with United Students Against Sweatshops invite CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo to present on farmworkers’ human rights at the 2019 USAS Northeast Regional Summit, hosted by Columbia University’s Student Worker Solidarity.[/caption] Hundreds finalize plans to converge on Manhattan and march with farmworkers Monday, Nov. 18... We’re less than one week out from the much-anticipated “What are >> Read More