Supplemental Policy Statement of Florida Tomato Growers
Supplemental Statement for Florida tomato growers
Yum suppliers are required to abide by all applicable laws, codes and regulations, including, but not limited to, any local, state or federal laws regarding wages and benefits, working hours, equal opportunity, and worker and product safety. In addition, Yum strongly encourages Florida growers in the tomato industry to provide working terms and conditions similar to those provided by suppliers outside of the agricultural industry, and will conduct business with those tomato growers that demonstrate consistent adherence to these higher standards.
In the event Yum and/or the Coalition of Immokalee Workers ("CIW") receives a credible complaint* from a tomato picker alleging conduct by a Florida tomato grower that violates any applicable laws, codes or regulations as specified above, Yum and CIW will work together to investigate the complaint with no undue delay, and if it is determined that there are reasonable grounds to believe that a violation has occurred, Yum may revoke a supplier’s approved status. Yum and CIW will also jointly refer the complaint to the applicable state enforcement agencies. If the applicable enforcement agency determines that a violation has occurred, and Yum and CIW determine that the violation was serious or systemic, Yum will revoke a supplier's approved status until such time that the supplier remedies the situation to the satisfaction of Yum and CIW; provided that Yum shall have a reasonable time to transition purchases from that supplier to provide for sufficient supply of tomatoes for its business.
*A credible complaint — the complaint cannot be anonymous (but can protect anonymity) and through a description of the facts indicate how relevant laws, codes or regulations have been violated.