Chiquita adopted Social Accountability International’s SA8000 standard for human rights in workplaces in 2000. The labor rights standard is one of the world’s pre-eminent social standards.
Based on the principles of international human rights conventions, SA8000 is a tool that guides us in applying international labor standards in the workplace. It is currently being used in over 3,000 factories, across 66 countries and 65 industrial sectors.
By 2004 all owned banana farms achieved SA8000 certification. Since then many improvements have been made to ensure full compliance with SA8000, which is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights and conventions of the ILO.
The audits by independent experts include numerous interviews with workers: In 2014, 374 workers were interviewed during the course of SA8000 audits.