The Fair Food Program is a human rights program that is designed, monitored, and enforced by the very workers whose rights it is intended to protect.
From extreme poverty to sexual harassment and even modern-day slavery, farmworkers have faced abuses at work for as long as anyone can remember. Because workers are the only actors in the supply chain with a vital and abiding interest in seeing that their rights are effectively monitored and enforced, they have, in the case of the Fair Food Program, constructed a system that actually works.
In fact, the Fair Food Program is a truly new form of human rights program that can be called Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR). Thanks to the workers’ leading role in shaping its design, the Fair Food Program’s structure, function and results stand in stark contrast to the traditional approach of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In short, in the Fair Food Program, workers are not just at the table, they are at the head of the table.