Jan 7, 2017
Comment period open for labor practices Ethical Charter

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association are seeking public input on a draft Ethical Charter containing guiding principles and values intended to set a framework for responsible labor practices throughout the global fresh produce and floral supply chains.

“The boards of United Fresh and PMA established a Joint Committee on Responsible Labor Practices last year to address this critical issue for the industry,” said United Fresh Chairman Tony Freytag, Crunch Pak Sliced Apples. “The committee’s goal was to ensure that the industry has a clear and well-defined commitment to treat all workers with dignity and respect as they work to bring fresh produce and floral products to consumers. The associations are also seeking to proactively support opportunities for harmonization and convergence of positive efforts across the global fresh produce and floral supply chains,” Freytag said.

Copies of the Ethical Charter and a Terms of Reference document outlining our goals and objectives are now available on a joint PMA/United Fresh webpage.

Public comments will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 20.

“Our two associations will be reviewing all comments, and working with the committee to address any major themes and issues identified in the consultation process,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “We also intend to share a report on major themes identified, although individual comments will remain confidential.”

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