USA: NGO urges Wendy's to join Fair Food Agreement to improve working conditions for tomato pickers in its supply chain - with video interview

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11 June 2013

A Conversation about Florida Tomatoes [scroll down]

Author: Wendy's

Wendy’s is being targeted by an activist group called the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and its allies...[They demand] we make payments to employees of the companies who supply our tomatoes...-- even though they are not Wendy’s employees. CIW is demanding an added fee on top of the price we pay our suppliers...we already pay a premium to our Florida tomato suppliers. We believe it’s inappropriate to demand that one company pay another company’s employees...Our responsibility to Wendy’s customers is to negotiate directly with our suppliers – not third-party organizations...All of the Florida tomatoes purchased by Wendy’s...come from suppliers who participate in the Fair Food Program, which means they have: 1. Adopted the Fair Food Code of Conduct; 2. Agreed to implement a system of health and safety volunteers...3. Agreed to...[a] complaint investigation and remediation mechanism; 4. Agreed to have compliance with...independent[] monitor[ing] 5. Agreed to a worker education program...

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11 June 2013

Response by Wendy's: NGO urges Wendy's to join Fair Food Agreement to address forced labour, living wages & other issues for tomato pickers in supply chain.

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19 May 2013

[video] Coalition of Immokalee Workers Targets Wendy’s in Fair Food Campaign to Improve Wages, Conditions [USA]

Author: interview with Gerardo Reyes-Chávez of Coalition of Immokalee Workers, on Democracy Now!

Hundreds of farm workers and their supporters are in New York City ahead of Wendy’s shareholder meeting to demand improved working conditions for those who pick its tomatoes. The fast-food giant...is the latest target in the Fair Food Campaign organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. So far, McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King and Taco Bell [(part of Yum!), as well as Chipotle] have all joined the...program, agreeing to pay an extra penny per pound of tomatoes to raise wages and only buy from fields where workers’ rights are respected. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Wendy's to respond. It indicated that its statement, "A Conversation about Florida Tomatoes", is its comment on this issue - see linked item]

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