About Banana Link
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Banana Link campaigns for fair and equitable production and trade in bananas and pineapples based on environmental, social and economic sustainability.
We aim to achieve tangible changes in the lives of people working in banana and pineapple chains through fair and ethical trade practices, dignity for workers and respect for labour and trade union rights, sustainable production systems, constructive dialogue between all stakeholders.
Banana Link works in direct collaboration with trade unions and small producers associations in the South, supporting their struggles to improve conditions in the tropical fruit industries in which they work and organise. We also collaborate, to the same end, with trade unions, NGO’s and academic institutions in Europe (and also to a lesser extent in the US). We coordinate the European Banana and Agro-industrial Action Network and play a lead role in the World Banana Forum. We engage in dialogue with wider industry stakeholders such as retailers, producing companies, certification bodies and relevant government institutions.
The tropics: Latin America (Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua) Central and West Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire) The Caribbean (The Windward Isles, Dominican Republic)
Strategies For Change
- We engage industry actors in multi stakeholder dialogue by playing a leading role in the World Banana Forum (WBF), through which we share our expertise and analysis on the payment of Living Wages, labour rights, health and safety standards and gender equity throughout the banana trade.
- We collaborate with and support those actors that share our aims of securing labour rights, gender equity and good practice towards sustainability in the industry.
- We pressure retailers to pay prices that cover Costs of Sustainable Production and encourage sourcing from small-scale producers on fair terms.
- We encourage certifiers to rigorously implement robust standards, in particular, in respect of Freedom of Association and labour rights and the payment of prices that cover Costs of Sustainable Production.
- We communicate with selected producer country Governments to promote sustainable production, a fair distribution of value, labour law enforcement and the incorporation of Living Wage criteria into minimum wage setting processes.
- We work with the UK trade union movement to raise awareness about labour rights and health and safety issues on banana plantations and seek their support for capacity building and empowerment of trade unions on banana plantations.