Tropical Fruit Labour Conditions / Fair Trade Question 1
Is there a social certification (concerning eg child labor, forced labor, living wage, working hours and freedom of association) for the purchased tropical fruit?
Dutch Question: Koopt het merk (bedrijf) tropisch fruit in afkomstig van sociaal gecertificeerde plantages en bevat dit certificaat standaarden op het gebied van bijvoorbeeld kinderarbeid, slavenarbeid, goed loon, werkuren en vrijheid van vakbonden?
German Question: Bezieht der Markenhersteller tropische Früchte von sozial zertifizierten Plantagen, auf denen bspw. keine Kinder, Menschen unter Zwang oder Sklaven arbeiten, ein zum Leben ausreichendes Gehalt gezahlt wird und faire Arbeitszeiten sowie Vereinigungsfreiheit zugestanden werden?
Regarding sustainability the United Nations indicates various 'priority issues' in the Tropical fruit Sector such as child labor, excessive working hours, discrimination, sexual harassment, non-respect of health and safety regulations, absence of provision of medical assurance and the frequently debated social issue of the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Where Fairtrade has commonly been considered as the highest standard, rural development experts and scientists criticize the Fair Trade movement and advocate for the other standards like UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Naturland and IMO Fair for Life.
After consulting experts from the Tropical Commodities Coalition, we have concluded that we may assume that all the active certification systems have their specific benefits for the environment and farmers, and it has clearly not been proven that one system benefits tropical fruit farmers more than others systems. Additionally, all standards embody a public promise of more sustainable production, and can publicly be held accountable for this.
Answer ‘yes’: The [brand/company] purchases its [bananas and/or pineapples] from a socially certified source, namely: [Fairtrade, Naturland, Rainforest Alliance, IMO Fair for Life] OR The [brand/company] does not purchase its [bananas and/or pineapples] from an independent socially certification standard, but carries out its own program which is equally as good, namely [insert name tropical fruit program].
Answer ‘no’: The [brand/company] states not to purchase any [bananas and/or pineapples] from socially certified sources.
Answer ‘?’: The [brand/company] does not specify whether its [bananas and/or pineapples] come from socially certified sources on its website. OR The [brand/company] claims to purchase [bananas and/or pineapples] from socially certified sources but does not specify the source or certification standard.