A space of trust, a laboratory of experiences, a team work
The goal of the Ethical Trade Forums for Suppliers is to offer a safe space to share experiences and discuss about the challenges we have in terms of working conditions in our environment. We jointly seek new ideas or practices to be implemented in companies and work as a team to improve the working conditions in the agricultural sector. In this edition of 2018, the Ethical Trade Forums took place in Seville, on November 6, and in Murcia, on November 8.
The topic to be discussed on this occasion was the Hiring and Ethical Management. In these forums in November, a must-attend event for all the players in the sector (supermarkets in the United Kingdom, importing companies, main producers and packers …), we presented a summary of the work carried out in 2018 by the Working Groups of Murcia, Huelva and Almería.
The purpose of the Forums is for participants to discuss the challenges faced by companies in the agricultural sector, share ideas and good practices. We will show examples of companies operating in the sector that are implementing programs to improve the living and working conditions of workers in the supply chain.
These meetings are aimed at managers, directors and key operational personnel, responsable for managing human resources and managing the welfare of workers in production sites.
El objetivo de los FOROS DE COMERCIO ÉTICO es habilitar un espacio de confianza donde compartir experiencias y debatir acerca de los retos que tenemos en cuanto a las condiciones de trabajo en el sector agrícola, buscando conjuntamente nuevas ideas o prácticas que implementar en las empresas participantes y trabajar en equipo para mejorar las condiciones laborales en el sector.
Foros Comercio Ético
The main producers and packers participate throughout the year in an active way, meeting in the Regional Ethical Trade Forums, which are located in the the highest concentration of production áreas (Murcia, Almeria and Huelva mainly). In each of them and throughout the year, in parallel operation, a Working Group meets to delve into the issues that most concern each region.
These groups are formed by active suppliers and importers who have expressed their willingness to work together on specific issues throughout the year, always related to the welfare of workers.
Each group is led by representatives of the companies and meet throughout the year in person or online to deepen the topics covered. They have a platform to share information and exchange work progress.
In 2018, the three Working Groups have focused their efforts on drawing conclusions in the form of guidelines on the following topics:
Working Group Murcia – “Guide to Good Practices with Recruitment and the ETTs”.
Working Group Almería – “Guide of Good Practices with Small Producers”.
Working Group Huelva – “Accommodation and Transportation Guide”
The International Ethical Trading Forums also have the active participation of representatives of supermarkets and importers, making it a unique opportunity to Exchange information on agricultural supply chains.
The main producers and packers of the Sector participate actively throughout the year, meeting in the Regional Forums of Ethical Trade, which are located in the areas with the highest concentration of production (Murcia, Almeria and Huelva mainly). In parallel, in each of them and throughout the year, a Working Group meets to deep dive into the issues that most concern each region.
The forums have the support of supermarkets (CO-OP, MARKS & SPENCER, SAINSBURY’S, TESCO, WAITROSE, ASDA/IPL, LIDL y ALDI) as well as a large number of importing companies (BAKKAVOR, ANGUS SOFT FRUIT, G´S FRESH, BERRY WORLD, AG THAMES, KEELINGS, DPS, ONUBAFRUIT, BERRY GARDENS Ltd., FRESHTIME, WORLDWIDE FRUIT, INNOCENT DRINKS, y AMC/MM (UK).