Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Highlighted at UN Forum

Late last year, representatives of the US-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers and its award-winning Fair Food Program presented their model of worker-driven social responsibility to the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights. As Greg Asbed, a CIW co-founder said, at the core of the model are three elements: “wall to wall worker education” on worker rights; 24/7 complaints and investigation system capable of resolving disputes within the short timeframe of migrant workers’ employment; and rigorous audits by a third-party standards body that interviews 50% of workers at their work site. He argued that there is a broad consensus that corporate CSR models have failed and that a consensus is emerging that worker-driven social responsibility incorporating these core elements is the way forward.

See the presentations HERE