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The Fair Food Standards Council Inc

For decades, farmworkers in the US have experienced sub-standard wages and working conditions. Today, this is changing for thousands of men and women, thanks to the Fair Food Program. The Fair Food Program, which grew out of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' (CIW) Campaign for Fair Food, brings together workers, consumers, growers and corporate buyers in support of fair wages and humane labor standards in the agricultural industry. The Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC), based in Sarasota, Florida, has responsibility for implementing, monitoring, and enforcing the Fair Food Program. After four years of implementation across the Florida tomato industry, in the summer of 2015, the FFP expanded to cover several Participating Growers' operations in Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. The FFP has also begun to expand into Florida green bell peppers and strawberries. Lastly, the Program has launched a consumer-facing Fair Food label which will help to foster and harness consumer demand for ethical production while creating additional value for growers and retailers alike. In January, 2015, the Program's architect, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), received a Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in Persons. Just four months earlier, in September, 2014, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honored CIW for ;defending the human rights of farmworkers across the United States ; with the Clinton Global Initiative's eighth annual Global Citizen Award.7 At the award ceremony, President Clinton singled out the Fair Food Program as ;the most astonishing thing politically in the world we're living in today. ; He later added, ;You've got a success model, and you ought to put the pedal to the metal. ; In addition to these awards, the CIW and the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) have been invited to speak about the Program in a number of high-profile forums. The CIW spoke at the White House twice during the past year alone, once during the Presidential Medal ceremony and then again at the White House Summit on Worker Voice in October, 2015. The United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, after visiting Immokalee in 2013, invited CIW to speak about the Fair Food Program as a unique example of effective, worker-driven remedy to human rights abuses at its Annual Forum in Geneva, Switzerland in November, 2015 (the CIW and FFSC presented at the United Nations Annual Forum in 2013). Also notably, in October, 2015, FFSC executive director Judge Laura Safer Espinoza was invited to provide testimony at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Select Task Force meeting in Los Amgeles on best practices to prevent workplace harassment. Finally, as a part of the European Union's Horizon 2020 Initiative, CIW advised on policy changes to eliminate forced labor in EU supply chains by 2020.

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