Rainforest Alliance suspends Grupo Acón

Britain's favourite fresh produce magazine since 1895
Maura Maxwell

BY MAURA MAXWELL

@maurafruitnet

Rainforest Alliance suspends Grupo Acón

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

Rainforest Alliance suspends Grupo Acón

Related Articles

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.”

 

comments powered by Disqus

Keep informed...