Grant Supports Implementation of Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices

Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) announced a two-year, $2 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to support implementation of the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices. For this project, EFI is partnering with The Sustainability Consortium to help growers and suppliers strengthen the management systems they need to uphold the principles of the Ethical Charter. The grant will help growers, their suppliers, and buyers to engage around continuous improvement on working conditions. An initial cohort of suppliers and their growers will be invited to engage in the program in early 2023, and over time it will become available to any grower supplying fresh produce to the North American market. EFI’s collaboration with TSC will allow suppliers to share aggregated updates on grower and supplier continuous improvement through TSC’s The Sustainability Insight System (THESIS) platform.