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Walmart joins farm workers’ rights program

Walmart and its Florida tomato suppliers have pledged to improve pay for tomato farm workers as part of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program.

The retailer’s commitments include working to expand the Fair Food Program’s principles to tomatoes grown outside of Florida and to other crops; acknowledging Fair Food compliant suppliers with longer term purchase commitments; ensuring tomato price premiums are passed on to workers; and supporting a higher wage for tomato harvesters.


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“Walmart and our suppliers are committed to strong ethical sourcing standards and every day we work to help ensure the products we sell are produced in a way that provides fair treatment for workers in our supply chain,” Tom Leech, senior vice president of Global Food Sourcing for Walmart, said in a press release.

“Our participation in the Fair Food Program combined with long term supply agreements with our suppliers will ensure that our customers get great products at great prices from suppliers that are working to improve the lives of their workers.”

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