This article first appeared on the Guardian Sustainable Business on Tuesday 19th July 2016
As Colombia rebuilds its society after years of civil war, in which farmers lost their lives and land, banana plantations are empowering workers to have a say in their futures. Harold Suarez, a 32 year old banana worker from Fairtrade-certified plantation Montesol explains on the Guardian Sustainable Business how: they have a collective agreement with Montesol which covers salaries, issues facing workers and employee benefits. As part of this agreement they also receive free legal training on all aspects of workers’ rights including non-discrimination, gender inclusion and prohibition of child labour.
Read more about the significant improvements towards better labour conditions for workers