Dansk Supermarked Group* has stopped selling bananas from the international fruit producer Fyffes in their stores. The reason is the serious violations of labor rights in the Fyffes supply chain, including non-payment of minimum wage and unemployment insurance. Also, the workers and the environment have been exposed to toxic chemicals.
The Danish Consumers Organisation Aktive Forbrugere has for almost a year been in dialogue with a number of Danish supermarket chains, urging them to address the problems at Fyffes. Dansk Supermarked Group has for some time asked Fyffes to stop the violations, but has now lost patience and has changed to another supplier of bananas.
The violations took place at Fyffes subsidiaries Anexco in Costa Rica and Saragroh in Honduras that grow pineapples and melons. Dansk Supermarked Group has only sold bananas from Fyffes, so the workers in Costa Rica and Honduras are not directly affected by the decision of Dansk Supermarked Group. However this sends a strong signal to Fyffes that they need to stop the violations of workers rights.
Aktive Forbrugere are part of an international campaign against Fyffes, that are pushing Fyffes to stop the violations.
Fyffes remains suspended from ethical organization
Fyffes membership of the UK based Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) was suspended on May 4th, 2017, due to the violations at the Fyffes subsidiaries. Recently the suspension was extended at the meeting of the ETI board on February 6th 2018.
The ETI is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations working in partnership to improve the lives of workers across the globe who make or grow consumer goods.
Click here to read more about the suspension and the ETI.
Dialogue with Fyffes
Aktive Forbrugere is member of EUROBAN, a network of European NGOs working for a socially just, economically viable and environmentally friendly tropical and banana fruit industry.
EUROBAN is in direct dialogue with Fyffes about violations in Costa Rica and Honduras. The dialogue is slow, but there has recently been some positive signs. However the campaign against Fyffes continues, until there is concrete positive results.
* Dansk Supermarked Group operates the supermarket chains Netto, Foetex and Bilka amd has a total share of the danish market on around 32%
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