Worker-Driven Social Responsibility: Lessons From CIW’s Supply Chain Model

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday


Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Mark Meinster, Warehouse Workers for Justice
Peter O'Driscoll, Equitable Food Initiative
Enrique Balcazar, Migrant Justice
Sean Sellers, Fair Food Standards Council
Cathy Albisa, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

Workers play a key role in enforcing rights and protections. This panel will explore the development of the worker-driven social responsibility (WSR) framework developed by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in response to human rights abuses in the tomato industry, with emphasis on the framework’s objective of building sustainable worker power. During the discussion, we will outline core WSR components, including the central role of workers, documenting retaliation and abuses, enforcement strategies, and securing responsibility at the top of supply chains. We will explore successful campaigns, such as the Milk With Dignity Campaign of Migrant Justice in Vermont and the efforts of the Raise the Floor Alliance in Chicago.