Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network

Success Stories

Milk with Dignity

On October 3, 2017, farmworkers from the Vermont-based Migrant Justice and the CEO of Ben & Jerry’s jointly signed the first-of-its-kind Milk with Dignity (MWD) agreement. The legally binding contract commits Ben & Jerry’s to implement a worker-driven human rights program in its Northeast dairy supply chain.  

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Fair Food Program

For generations, farmworkers in the U.S. have suffered from sub-standard wages and working conditions. Well-documented challenges in the workplace have included physical and verbal abuse, sexual harassment, discrimination, and high fatal and non-fatal injury rates.  Farmworkers have also faced endemic wage theft, resulting in widespread violation of minimum wage laws.

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Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

On the morning of April 24, 2013, the 9-story Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,138 workers and injuring more than 2,000. It was the deadliest disaster in the history of the modern garment industry. Before its collapse, the building had housed five garment factories, producing clothing for well-known Western brands, including Walmart, JCPenney, The Children’s Place, Inditex (owner of Zara), Loblaw, Primark, and many others.

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