Chiquita Holdings Limited: Transparency in the Supply Chain and Modern Slavery 2020 Statement of Actions
CHIQUITA HOLDINGS LIMITED
Transparency in the Supply Chain and Modern Slavery
2020 Statement of Actions
Disaster Relief Efforts
The supply chain of Chiquita was directly impacted by natural disaster during 2020. Two large hurricanes devestated extensive areas in Guatemala and Honduras in November which also happen to be production areas for Chiquita bananas. Right away, Chiquita Holdings Limited and its affiliated companies (the “CHL Group”) were determined to address this humanitarian crisis directly. Not only did the CHL Group supply bananas to the impacted communities, but it also offered its vessels and container fleet to organizations that supplied local governments with humanitarian aid to distribute it to affected citizens.
Chiquita cares deeply about the people it touches throughout its entire supply chain. The food and drink supplies which Chiquita continues to provide to the local affected communities are a demonstration of this commitment. These humanitarian relief efforts represent the true nature of the CHL Group and its brands.
This statement reiterates our exceptional commitment to compliance with section 54(2) of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“UK-MSA”) and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (“CA-TISCA). We have long-established systems that comply with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Statement and the UK Modern Slavery Act to ensure that slavery and human trafficking do not exist in our supply chain.
The CHL Group is a privately-owned, family business, which is a leading international marketer and distributor of (i) bananas and pineapples sold worldwide in over 70 countries under the Chiquita® and other brand names (“Chiquita”) and (ii) packaged salads sold primarily in the United States under the Fresh Express® and other brand names (“Fresh Express”).
The CHL Group fully supports the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization Core Conventions, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We are forward-looking in opportunities to reduce inequality in our commitment to social justice and human rights.
Chiquita and Fresh Express pride themselves in having an extensive production footprint in the US and/or LATAM for distribution to US and European markets. Considering the diversity in the Chiquita and Fresh Express supply chains, the implementation of policies varies depending on the business activities’ legal and regulatory environments. However, to comply with the Modern Slavery Statement, it will be regarded as a single entity.
CHL Group has established policies and procedures in conformance with international human rights standards on slavery and human trafficking that are validated through audits by 3rd party organizations. The CHL Group places a strong emphasis on basic human rights which is reflected from our policies to organizational involvement with social certification programs.
On an annual basis, we perform a mapping of our suppy chain to assess particular geographical risk areas. Once identified, Chiquita and Fresh Express leverage supplier agreements that include provisions requiring our partners to maintain human rights principles of the International Labour Organization (“ILO”) Conventions. These contractual arrangements provide the CHL group with the ability to conduct unannounced audits to validate compliance with prohibited human trafficking and slavery.
The CHL group promotes an environment that fully respects the rights of our employees through freedom of association. In our pursuit of supporting freedom of association we are one of the only multinational companies in the banana industry to have an international framework agreement with the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (“IUF”), a global federation of trade unions with members in a variety of industries.
In an effort to safeguard the rights of children, Article One Advisors, an independent human rights organization, conducted interviews with 26 stakeholders, 235 employees from 14 farms and 26 children in nearby communities. These interviews and contextual analysis confirmed the company’s leadership position in eliminating child labor in the banana industry, while not surfacing any evidence of existing child labor.
The CHL Group Code of Conduct ( “Code”) requires all employees to conduct themselves ethically and with integrity in all commercial relationships. The Code prohibits modern slavery and human trafficking. Regular audits are conducted to monitor compliance with our Code and local laws.
The CHL Group maintains an employee hotline managed by an independent third-party that can be used to communicate suspected violations of any ethical or legal concerns anonymously, including those that deal with modern slavery and human trafficking. Employees that report concerns are protected from retaliation.
The CHL Group conducts corporate compliance training annually for all employees in order to educate them on regulations and company policies surrounding human rights. The training guides employees in learning the signs of human trafficking and how to report suspected violations.
In order to assess the effectiveness of actions we have taken, we rely on key performance indictors that include number of employee hotline disclosures, number of employees that have signed our Code and completed our training and annual audits focused on high-risk areas.
Our dedication to helping people in the local communities is where we believe we can have a positive, long-lasting and measurable impact. Embedded in this strategy is the CHL Group’s commitment to continually improve the communities we serve by preventing human trafficking and slavery in all of our global operations.
This statement constitutes the modern slavery and human trafficking statement of Chiquita Holdings Limited and all its applicable subsidiaries and affiliates which fall within the scope of the UK-MSA or CA-TISCA and was approved by the board of directors on 7 April 2021.
CHIQUITA HOLDINGS LIMITED
Sascha Knobloch – Director