The 2015 Fair Food Program Annual Report has been published – and is available for download!
Issued by the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC), the yearly assessment of the state of the Program is the best source for analyses and conclusions on the transformations taking root in the U.S. agricultural industry. If you’re interested in understanding the ins and outs of how the Fair Food Program functions in practice, this is the single best annual resource to get your hands on!
Here’s a brief window into its reporting:
Since 2011, the Fair Food Program has brought about many far-reaching reforms across the Florida tomato industry.
In the span of just four years:
CIW has educated nearly 35,000 workers at 400 face-to-face sessions, and reached 150,000 workers with written and video materials, on their rights within the Program;
Workers have brought forth over 1,100 complaints under the Code of Conduct, resulting in the resolution of abuses ranging from sexual harassment and verbal abuse to systemic wage violations, demonstrating workers’ trust that reported problems will be investigated and corrected;
FFSC has issued nearly 120 comprehensive reports and corrective action plans – based on 12,000 worker interviews during audits ranging from two days to two weeks and all operational, management and financial systems reviews – in order to assess and improve Participating Growers’ implementation of the Code of Conduct; and
Participating Buyers have paid nearly $20 million in Fair Food Premiums to improve workers' wages.
During the 2014-2015 season, FFSC conducted comprehensive baseline audits of seven Participating Grower operations in Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.
Charts like this illuminate the efficacy of the complaint resolution system, which, as shown above, resolved 100% of filed complaints in 2015, most in less than two weeks.
If you like reading testimonies, analyzing numbers, and valuing measurable change, download and share the Annual Report far and wide.
Aside from facts and figures, the report includes narratives that demonstrate the powerful impact the Program has had in the livelihood and work environment of farmworkers:
Isabel, a 30-year-old farmworker in Florida, told an investigative reporter: “Before, we would hear about a contractor or supervisor who would take women to a private place, to the edge of the field, and we understood that sexual assault was what was happening,” she said. “Now, we aren’t hearing these stories in the same way we used to.”
The Annual Report is proof that the agreements that have been won through years of community organizing in Immokalee, and then years of farmworkers, students and youth fighting side by side in the Campaign for Fair Food, are transforming the agricultural industry not only in Florida, but throughout the East Coast as well, for tens of thousands of workers. Take a look, and join us for the next big step in the Campaign as SFAers across the country get ready for all the action that will be jam-packed into the 2016 Workers' Voice Tour!