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UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights 'Impressed' With Fair Food Program

Author: Greg Asbed, Co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, in Huffington Post Blog, Published on: 15 May 2013

"The [UN] Working Group [on business & human rights] was impressed by how...governance gaps relating to labour issues were addressed by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers"...The UN statement comes as the latest in a series of strong, high-level endorsements of the Fair Food Program [FPP], including last month's recognition by President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which lauded the FFP as "one of the most successful and innovative programs" in the world today in the fight to uncover -- and prevent -- modern-day slavery...The active participation of farmworkers...in the FFP model...distinguishes the program from virtually any other approach active in the field today...[T]he [FPP] and the UN's Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights arriving at the same place from very distinct points of departure: The human rights crisis is urgent, the safeguards in place are undeniably inadequate, and the key to a real, lasting solution is the participation -- better yet, the leadership -- of those affected by the abuses themselves. [Refers to Publix, Ahold, and Wendy's]

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