Across the United States, farmworkers and their allies have been mobilizing to encourage companies to join a Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) program. 

High-profile examples of corporate resistance to these WSR efforts leads one to wonder whether companies grasp the benefits of participation. 

Those benefits are examined in, “The Overlooked Advantages of the Independent Monitoring and Complaint Investigation System in the Worker-driven Social Responsibility Model in US Agriculture,” co-authored by Just Ground’s Shauna Curphey and Antonella Angelini of the University of St. Gallen, and published by the Business and Human Rights Journal (Oct. 12, 2022). The piece highlights some of the benefits companies may realize as a result of participating in a WSR program. In particular, WSR has been effective in preventing and addressing human rights violations, including in small- and medium-sized enterprises, for which third-party certification, and compliance with human rights standards, may otherwise be costly and hard to achieve.

The full article can be accessed here.

The Business and Human Right Journal is published by Cambridge University Press.

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