Labor Standards Updates
Message from Soren Bjorn, President, Driscoll’s of the Americas
For more than 100 years, Driscoll’s has been passionate about growing great tasting berries. As a family-owned company, our farming heritage includes a commitment to improving the communities where our berries are grown and harvested. We value everyone who is part of this process and we understand that as a trusted brand, it is our responsibility to ensure our berries are grown and harvested in a way that is consistent with our vision and strong values. We must also ensure the right working conditions are in place on the independent farms that supply our berries.
Driscoll’s takes very seriously how farmworkers are treated. In 2015, Driscoll’s was met with unprecedented challenges regarding the on-farm operational practices of our independent growers. Since then, we’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on these challenges and have turned a critical eye toward labor practices across our entire enterprise. We saw this as an opportunity to continue improving our practices and demonstrate industry leadership. Our goal is to promote health, safety and respect for all farm workers while providing transparency in our continuing journey of upholding our Global Labor Standards with the hundreds of independent growers who supply our berries around the world.
Since 2015, significant challenges were resolved through collaboration between industry, growers, the Mexican federal government, and labor leaders. Below are links to further details of the resolutions. Driscoll’s continues to outreach with groups who continue to express concerns and share with them our continuous improvement efforts and depth of commitment to Labor Standards.
• Baja Strike Ends June 2015: Mexican Government, Agriculture Industry and Local Farm Workers Negotiate Wages
• Boycott Resolution: Sakuma Brothers and FUJ Reach Agreement on a Fair Process
As part of our core values of passion, humility and trustworthiness, we also continue to welcome the opportunity to meet and learn from any farmworker advocacy group who may have concerns about the practices of our network of independent growers. We’ve extended invitations in the past and remain open today for in-person discussions that help move us forward.
- SOREN BJORN, President, DRISCOLL’S OF the Americas