At the very heart of our mission are our Core Values, which reflect our strong belief that we are in this world to make it better by improving lives. Our values serve as an ethical compass that provides us with guidance and direction – both for the conduct of our company, as well as for the behavior of each employee. Our Statement of Purpose ensures that ethical conduct and social responsibility are driving our business forward.
Including our farm employees and those of our suppliers, approximately 40,000 men and women in Latin America depend on our banana business, not to mention their families and local communities. They are the basis of our success and the people behind the brand.
This is why our commitment to them is to provide a safe workplace that respects their rights in each of the following areas:
We also believe in providing our employees with an opportunity to become homeowners. In the 1990s, Chiquita began an employee home ownership program that has enabled our employees in Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica to become independent homeowners.
More than 2,000 Chiquita employees have become owners of new homes, and more than 3,000 employees now own refurbished company housing. In Honduras, the home ownership program was recognized by the Organization of American States (OAS) with a 2004 Corporate Citizen of the Americas Award.
Our employees receive training several times a year to make sure that every one, whether they work on the farm or in management, understands our professional responsibilities. We provide our employees with environmental, health and safety education. However, the training topics vary to reflect different jobs throughout our company.
For our company to function well, we need motivated and healthy employees which is why we do the best we can to make sure their workplaces are as safe as possible.
In 2011, Chiquita and trade unions formed the IUF/COLSIBA/Chiquita Women’s Committee, which seeks to improve opportunities available to women by supporting their personal and professional development. We have worked hard to create a safe working environment for female employees so that they can carry out their work free from all forms of harassment, bullying or discrimination.