Target: CEO of Walmart, C. Douglas McMillon
Goal: Commend Walmart for its decision to protect farm workers from exploitation by joining the Fair Food Program
In the past, Walmart has been notorious for exploiting workers, paying them low wages and doing seemingly everything possible to increase corporate profits at the expense of employee well-being. Finally, in an effort to improve its reputation, Walmart has joined the Coalition of Immokalee Worker’s (CIW) Fair Food Program, which will benefit thousands of farm workers by raising their wages and helping to resolve serious issues like forced labor and assault. Commend Walmart for this decision.
While one step in the right direction will not undo the stains of the past, Walmart is beginning to clean up its act by becoming the 12th major corporation to join the program. In addition to improving workers’ wages, Walmart’s recent activism will likely cause other multinational retail corporations to follow suit. Cruz Salucio of CIW applauded Walmart for its stand and claims that the retailer’s “market strength and consumer reach” will result in positive changes for approximately 30,000 farm workers and also offer millions of consumers the opportunity to learn more about sustainable food.
And this program certainly does much to assist laborers as well as consumers. It was founded in 1993 and now works alongside major food retailers, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, to improve the wages and working conditions specifically for those in the tomato supply chain. Because agricultural work is often an outlet for forced labor and slavery rings, the CIW exists to find illicit practices, maintain safe working environments for all employees, and ensure that power is not abused to make profits. Because of this program, farm workers are treated fairly and consumers are not deceived into purchasing products of social injustice.
Whether or not Walmart joined this movement from a general concern for the security of its employees, the decision is to be commended. Thank Walmart for supporting worker safety and well-being.
Dear CEO of Walmart, C. Douglas McMillon,
Recently, you and your team at Walmart decided to actively improve the lives of thousands of farm workers by joining the Coalition of Immokalee Worker’s (CIW) Fair Food Program. This decision will not only protect workers from exploitation, but it is an encouragement for other major food retailers to take a stand for human rights.
Already, consumers are pleasantly surprised to hear about your choice to value workers above corporate profits, and they hope to see more of the same generosity in the future. Because your company has a large consumer base and your decisions influence many, it is important to stand up for human rights and continue to positively impact your society. I commend you for joining the fair food movement.
[Your Name Here]
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