Our Partnership with the Coalition for Immokalee Workers

CIW Fair Food Initiative

The Problem.

Florida’s tomato pickers are long overdue for an increase in wages. Every day these workers fight the systemic exploitation of Florida’s agriculture yet they lack proper support to ensure they are treated fairly.

The Solution.

Verité has partnered with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to implement and monitor the “Fair Food” program for tomato pickers in Florida. We are working with companies that have agreed to work only with suppliers who are paying their workers the “penny-per-pound” increase.

The “Fair Food” agreements require those companies to demand more humane labor standards from their Florida tomato suppliers, to pay a premium price for more fairly produced tomatoes, and to shift their purchases to growers who meet those higher standards.

Verité will ensure that farm workers’ conditions and pay are improved as promised. We will oversee and conduct onsite verification of payment assessments in all participating buyer and grower operations through a standard accounting validation and verification process especially designed for this program. The accounting will be supplemented with worker interviews to confirm receipt of payments.