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Tuesday 6th June 2017, 14:00 London

Rainforest Alliance suspends Grupo Acón

The certification body says company discriminates against workers who join a trade union

Rainforest Alliance suspends Grupo Acón

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Costa Rica’s Grupo Acón, a major pineapple and banana supplier to European and US retailers, has been temporarily suspended from the Rainforest Alliance.

The company is accused of discriminating against union-affiliated workers and repeatedly failing to address worker grievances.

Sindicato de Trabajadores de Plantaciones Agricolas (SITRAP), which represents tropical fruit workers in Costa Rica, blamed the company’s owners of “turning a blind eye to the situation”.

SITRAP welcomed the Rainforest Alliance’s decision but said the company showed little signs of wishing to resolve the situation.

“We are hoping for a change of attitude from Grupo Acón, as we at SITRAP are still willing to establish a social dialogue with this company,” the association said in a statement.

“However, this company seemingly has no interest in changing, since a few days after the suspension of its certification, the administrators met in the plantations to rebuke and threaten the workers.”


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