The AC Sevilla Forum Hotel hosted great successfully the 2018 edition of the International Ethical Trade Forums. The recruitment of seasonal workers during the berry season and the regional actions plans that need to be in place to address the risks of sexual harassment on farms were the star themes of a meeting with 91 attendants and a total of 74 companies.
The ETF developed according to the challenges highlighted by the Suppliers at the Regional Forums held last June:
- There is a dependency on migrant seasonal workers recruited in origin (impacting on communication due to language and multicultural barriers).
- There are a lack of management systems and procedures on farms to effectively manage workers.
- The sector needs to become more professional.
- There is non-declared work and piece rate payment.
- There is a lack of transparency of working conditions with smaller producers
Regarding recruitment, Isa Dias, from Madrefruta, explained how growers ran a collaborative recruitment platform to ensure that workers in the region were given employment on a continuous basis and were offered the same T&Cs across the region. Madrefruta is an umbrella association covering 43 producer companies in Portugal. They recruit in ERES countries, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Serbia. Outside of Europe, they have also recruited workers in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam.
In the issue of harassment, María Victoria Flores, from Tany Nature, gave a presentation on how companies should be implementing an Equal Treatment plan. She also encouraged a workshop on the development of an effective Protocol to deal with sexual harassment and discrimination.
In addition, different workshops and round tables developed in which reception programs, recruitment at source or the training of supervisors were addressed. Important to mention the Ignacio Castillo‘s presentation, about the use from social audits to identify risks in supply chains. Also, the analysis carried out by the SEDEX platform, which was premiered in the International Ethical Trade Forums.
Los GRUPOS DE TRABAJO comenzaron en 2018 con el objetivo de colaborar con nuestros grupos de interés en el diseño de soluciones sostenibles a los retos laborales del sector.
En esta área se encuentran almacenados los trabajos en curso y resultados finales de los diferentes Grupos de Trabajo del Foro. Además, puedes encontrar los informes y presentaciones de los encuentros.
The WORKING GROUPS started in 2018 with the aim of collaborating with our stakeholders in the design of sustainable solutions to the labor challenges of the industry.
In this area, the work in progress and the final outcomes of the different Working Groups of the Forum are stored. Also you can have access to reports and presentations delivered at the events.
Foros Comercio Ético
International Ethical Trade Forums Sevilla 2018
MARKS AND SPENCER
WAITROSE & PARTNERS
ANGUS SOFT FRUITS
BERRY GARDENS Ltd
FRUTAS HERMANOS PULIDO, S.L.
MM UK Limited
SAT BRENES FRUIT
UNITOM SGC Lda
WB CHAMBERS Ltd
AGRICOLA EL BOSQUE, S.L.
AGRICOLA SAN BLAS DE RIBAFORADA S.Coop
AGRUPACION DE COOPERATIVAS VALLE DEL JERTE
AMC SPECIAL NEW FRUIT FARMING
ATLANTIC BLUE, SL
BARO E HIJOS, S.L.
BERRIES DE LOS MIMBRALES
CARSOL EUROPE B.V.
DRISCOLL’S DE ESPAÑA OPERACIONES S.L.
EXPORTACIONES CISCAR S.L.
FRESON DE PALOS
FUENSANA BIO, S.L.
GRUPO ALBA INT
HALL HUNTER PORTUGAL
HORTIFRUT ESPAÑA SOUTHERN SUN, SL
MADRE FRUTA, Lda.
MASÍA CISCAR S.A.
MERCADO MONTILLA, S.L.
MOGUER, CUNA DE PLATERO SCA
ROYAL BERRIES, SL
SAT 2803 TROPS
SAT LAS PALMERITAS H0012
SCA NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA BELLA (COBELLA)
SPECIAL FRUIT PRODUCCIONES
SPECIAL FRUIT SPAIN
TANY NATURE, S.A.