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Driscoll Berries Silence All False Allegations Made..

Hello Readers,
Last Thursday I posted an article of a breaking story involving the company Driscoll Berries.  The article hit a soft place in my heart not only because my family buys the fruit but the story behind it I felt was worth sharing.  Not only did  I  read from several sources as well as  sites that Some of the workers stated they  were paid  6$ a day, describing it as a modern day slavery in Mexico. Both their U.S and Mexico employees report being bullied to skip breaks, forced to work near harmful chemicals, all while not receiving medical insurance, children are also working in the fields.

Well ,Driscoll reached out to Celebrityxo, and wanted to clear the air of all the false allegations that they say have somehow seemed to flow all over the internet. They said “We believe in a world in which all agriculture workers are treated with dignity, fairness and respect, and we take seriously concerns shared about the treatment of farmworkers by our independent growers.  In order to advance these deeply held beliefs, we will continue to facilitate initiatives and introduce standards that support socially responsible business practices, including worker welfare.

Already, we have in place Global Worker Welfare standards which are based upon the International Labor Organization (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations standards, the Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) standards, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) standards and a collaborative review of agriculture-specific standards from several non-governmental organizations. We ensure these standards are upheld through audits by independent third party agencies. Further, Driscoll’s and Fair Trade USA introduced a pilot program this year, with funds raised through the purchase of Fair Trade Certified organic strawberries and organic raspberries grown in Baja, Mexico directed back to the farmworkers and the communities that grew the berries. In the U.S., we strongly support comprehensive immigration reform, raising the minimum age for farmworkers to 15 in the state of Washington and creating a legal framework which enables farm workers to organize.Driscoll’s and members of our leadership team are actively working with other growers, produce industry associations and government organizations, to champion causes that are important to workers and defend against abuses. In fact, a Driscoll’s senior executive was elected to lead the International Produce Alliance to Promote a Socially Responsible Industry (AHIFORES), placing Driscoll’s at the center of an effort to improve working conditions for hundreds of thousands of farm laborers in Mexico.

Driscoll’s and members of our leadership team are actively working with other growers, produce industry associations and government organizations, to champion causes that are important to workers and defend against abuses. In fact, a Driscoll’s senior executive was elected to lead the International Produce Alliance to Promote a Socially Responsible Industry (AHIFORES), placing Driscoll’s at the center of an effort to improve working conditions for hundreds of thousands of farm laborers in Mexico.

Groups that knowingly share incorrect information distract from the goal of improving the lives of workers  around the world.”

We would like to thank Driscoll Berries for reaching out to us  and taking out the time to clear the allegations. What do you think readers?

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