Equitable Food Initiative Makes a Difference in 2019

December 19, 2019 Equitable Food Initiative

“From engaging farmworkers who feel more valued to providing bonuses that help cover basic necessities, our success is measured by how we improve farmworkers’ lives,” stated LeAnne Ruzzamenti, director of marketing communications for EFI.

Equitable Food Initiative Shares Results of 2-Year Worker Engagement Study

November 13, 2019 Equitable Food Initiative

Equitable Food Initiative released the results of a two-year study undertaken by BSD Consulting to assess the impacts of EFI’s workforce development programs. A summary report of the research notes how the EFI model is improving working conditions, developing skills in workers and managers, strengthening management systems, enhancing business performance and ultimately creating a cultural shift within grower organizations.

Equitable Food Initiative Offers Free Responsible Recruitment Scorecard for the Produce Industry

October 29, 2019 Equitable Food Initiative

Equitable Food Initiative has released a free resource to the fresh produce industry to help grower-shippers identify and reduce risk in their foreign recruitment processes and with farm labor contractors.

Rouge River Farms Certifies All US Operations With Equitable Food Initiative

September 3, 2019 Equitable Food Initiative

Equitable Food Initiative announced today that Rouge River Farms, which specializes in tray-packed and year-round sweet corn, now has all of its U.S. operations EFI certified. In May 2018 Rouge River Farms was the first company on the East Coast to earn an EFI certification, and today the company completes its nationwide EFI certification effort.

Equitable Food Initiative Updates Labor Standards to Include Ethical Charter Addendum

Equitable Food Initiative has released revised certification standards, including a new Ethical Charter Addendum, to help growers demonstrate that they abide by all the principles of the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices.