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Social Responsibility
 
At Chiquita, Corporate Social Responsibility is an important part of our global business strategy. We strive to operate in a socially responsible manner everywhere we do business, while fairly balancing the needs and concerns of our various stakeholders—all those who impact, are impacted by, or have a legitimate interest in our actions and performance.
 
Interacting responsibly with our fellow citizens throughout the world.

A large part of our social responsibility efforts involve how we interact with our employees and stakeholders throughout the world. Our work practices, our approach to labor relations and our corporate culture all come into play on a daily basis.

More than a decade ago, we adopted the Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) labor rights standard developed by Social Accountability International (SAI), which has been proven to be a very effective tool for measuring and improving our practices to better serve the communities in which we live and work.

SA8000 provides standards based on national laws, international human rights norms and the conventions of the International Labor Organization. Management system requirements ensure that these standards are consistently implemented over time, and independent audits and certification help measure progress and identify areas for improvement.

 
SA8000 enforces:
  • Prohibition of child labor
  • Prohibition of forced and compulsory labor
  • Monitoring of health and safety measures
  • Freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
  • Prohibition of discrimination
  • Disciplinary practices
  • Appropriate working hours
  • Fair compensation
  • Management systems
Milestones

Social responsibility has been a cornerstone of Chiquita since the beginning, but we’ve really expanded our efforts in the past 20 years. We’re dedicated and committed on a daily basis to be responsible citizens of the world in which we live. Below are just a few of the many milestones we’ve reached:

Oversight &
Compliance
FCPA Manual and training worldwide 2009
1998 - CR Steering Committee
1999 – New Core Values
2000 – Revised Code of Conduct
2000 – Corporate Responsibility Officer
2001 – Code of Conduct training worldwide
2004 – Independent Chiquita Helpline
2005 – Chief Compliance Officer
2006 – Online compliance training worldwide
2008 – Compliance Committee
2008 – Revised Code of Conduct
2009 – Code of Conduct and on-line training worldwide
2008 – FCPA Manual and training worldwide
2011 – Planned Code of Conduct Refresh
2011 – Planned FCPA Manual Refresh
Stakeholder
Engagement
2001 – IUF/COLSIBA Agreement
2002 – BSR Board
2002 – Ethical Trading Initiative
2003 – SAI Advisory Board
2004 – Nogal Project with Migros & GTZ
2005 – KLD Domini 400 Social Index
2005 – Meso-American Reef Project with WWF
2007 – IFC Labor Advisory Group
2008 – Biodiversity Project in Panama with REWE
2010 – CORBANA joins the partnership in Panama
2010 – Chiquita partners with MIT for carbon footprint project
2011 – IPL/ASDA joins as new partner in Nogal
Third-Party
Certifications
Sustainability
(Rainforest Alliance)
1992 – Rainforest Alliance engagement
1994 – First two owned farms certified in Costa Rica
1996 – All owned Costa Rica farms certified
2000 – 100% of owned farms are Rainforest Alliance Certified™
2008 – 87% of total banana and 50% of total pineapple volume is sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms
Labor (SA8000)
2002 – Owned farms certified in Costa Rica
2003 – Colombia and Panama
2004 – 100% certification of owned farms in Latin America
2008 – 42% of total banana volume from certified farms
Food Safety (Global GAP)
2003 – Owned farms in Colombia, Costa Rica & Panama certified
2005 – Certification of 100% of owned farms in Latin America
2008 – 74% of total banana volume from certified farms


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