( Courtesy Driscoll's )

Berry supplier Driscoll’s, Watsonville, Calif., has been recognized for its comprehensive approach to labor compliance.

The company, which implemented global labor standards in 2015, was recognized for the best global Health and Safety Labor Program at the 2019 Sedex Awards in London.

Driscoll’s uses a third-party auditor to verify its labor standards, which represent criteria where laws did not exist, were not consistently enforced or provided lower worker protections, according to a news release. The standards apply to hundreds of independent growers who supply the company.

“Supply chain actors along with global and local institutions must work together to introduce solutions that ensure a stable future for farms and ensure the agriculture industry remains a viable option for both farmers and all workers,” Candida Barbato, senior workforce manager, said in the release.

Barbato accepted the award at annual Sedex conference March 26.

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