The COVID-19 crisis underscores the importance of the essential workers who farm, fish and process the food that we eat. Despite this, workers in food supply chains continue to face unsafe working conditions, intimidation, threats, hunger and non-payment of wages. In fact, meat processing plants across the world—in places as diverse as Australia, Europe, the US and Brazil—have caused alarm for poor working conditions and their role in facilitating the spread of the virus.
The FAIRR Initiative, ICCR, the Investor Advocates for Social Justice and KnowTheChain, therefore, invite you to join a webinar in which we look at the meat sector as a case study of how health and safety risks left unaddressed for years severely impact workers and create health and operational risks extending far beyond these factories. In addition, we consider how such impacts can be addressed by companies and their investors through worker-centric solutions.
- Hear from KnowTheChain’s latest benchmark on the extent to which the 60 largest global food and beverage companies have addressed forced labour risks and enabled workers to form associations throughout their supply chains.
- Learn from Venceremos, a worker-focused organisation in Arkansas, about the human rights violations of poultry workers in the US meat sector and how a Worker-Driven Social Responsibility model can compel companies and investors to respect workers’ rights.
- Hear from Investor Advocates for Social Justice on the importance of how engaging companies on human rights and worker-centric solutions have become a fundamental part of investor responsibility.
Call to Action:
Investors are encouraged to support the efforts to address labour rights violations in the food sector before they evolve into material risks.
This webinar will offer concrete engagement opportunities for participating investors, such as shareholder resolutions filed with meat processors, and engagement tools such as research from KnowTheChain and the FAIRR Initiative.
*Start Time: 10:00-11:00 (EST) / 15:00-16:00 (BST)