Urge ProFlowers to Ensure Worker Rights are Protected
  • Petitioned Grace Lee

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Proflowers
Grace Lee
President, Proflowers
Abe Wynperle
Director of PR, Proflowers
Greg Smith

Urge ProFlowers to Ensure Worker Rights are Protected

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      Free2Work

 

Fresh cut flowers are a wonderful way to show the special people in our life we love them. But did you know that beautiful bouquet you bought might have been picked by exploited workers?

The cut flowers that large florists like ProFlowers sell often come from countries in Central and South America and Africa -- where workers' rights aren't always respected.

In Colombia and Ecuador, which are the main countries that supply the U.S. flower market, over half of female workers have been sexually harassed or assaulted on the job, and the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 20% of the 60,000 Ecuadorian flower workers are children. 

ProFlowers, a subsidiary of Provide Commerce, received an D- rating on Free2Work, a consumer research tool which grades companies on a scale of “A” to “F” based on supply chain transparency, enforcement of international recognized labor standards, and response to child and forced labor.  ProFlowers offers no publicly available information on its monitoring benchmarks and its Code of Conduct does not include freedom of association or collective bargaining rights. 

As one of the largest flower companies in the world, ProFlowers has tremendous power to reduce exploitation in the cut flower industry. 

 

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    • Teresa Crone ENUMCLAW, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      ProFlowers, a subsidiary of Provide Commerce, received an D- rating on Free2Work, a consumer research tool which grades companies on a scale of “A” to “F” based on supply chain transparency, enforcement of international recognized labor standards, and response to child and forced labor. ProFlowers offers no publicly available information on its monitoring benchmarks and its Code of Conduct does not include freedom of association or collective bargaining rights. This is the reason....FREE2WORK.Org...Fair Trade all the way for this girl.

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    • michelle lewis KILL DEVIL HILLS, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      ummm. proflowers doesn't really 'hire' people. there only real workers are the growers of their flowers, which yes should be paid a fair and decent wage. i honestly think proflowers sucks the life out of more than their workers, they show a beautiful 'arrangement' of flowers and you think thats what your getting?? think again, you get what you see in the photo, a box of unprocessed, unhydrated flowers in a growers bunch, a container, some flower food and if you want the arrangement you saw on the website, you better know how to design it yourself. if you ask me when i buy this flower arrangement shown, i shouldn't have to assemble it myself, afterall i did buy an arrangment, didn't i?

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    • Grace Takelal CORAOPOLIS, PA
      • about 3 years ago

      All of this going on and their flowers are dead when delivered . They are not worth ordering from .

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    • Niki Magill RENTON, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      OMG I just bought flowers from them and have several times in the past! I WILL TAKE MY BUSINESS ELSEWHERE! Screw your low prices, FailFlowers.

      My support for Children International will continue as I have a "sponsored family" in Ecuador.

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    • Sharon Fuentes PORTLAND, CT
      • about 3 years ago
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