Tell Giant and Stop & Shop to Stop Slave-Picked Produce
  • Petitioned Jochem van de Laarschot

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VP, Communications
Jochem van de Laarschot
VP, Investor Relations
Henk Jan ten Brinke
VP, Corporate Responsibility
Roland Waardenburg

Tell Giant and Stop & Shop to Stop Slave-Picked Produce

    1. Petition by

      Student Farmworker Alliance

In Florida and across the country, men, women, and children are enslaved, abused, and exploited in order to pick tomatoes for America's supermarkets and restaurants. For over a decade, Coalition of Immokalee Workers has investigated and fought modern-day slavery in the tomato industry with their Campaign for Fair Food. The campaign has reached a critical tipping point with the four largest fast-food companies (McDonalds, Yum Brands, Burger King, and Subway) and the three largest foodservice providers (Compass Group, Aramark, and Sodexo) having signed Fair Food agreements with the CIW. Public pressure and momentum on the side of the CIW has also resulted in several of Florida's largest growers coming to the table to participate in the Campaign for Fair Food.

Now, the focus falls squarely on the $550 billion supermarket industry. While grocery stores like Whole Foods have agreed to stand against slavery in agriculture, Ahold USA and brands Giant and Stop & Shop have refused to sign. It's time for Ahold USA to support fair food and work with suppliers to ensure justice for farm workers and an end to slavery in the tomato industry.

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    1. Reached 1 signatures
    2. D.C. Youth to Picket Giant Supermarket, Demand Fair Food

      On April 16, 1862, all slaves were legally emancipated in America's capitol. But nearly 150 years later, the residents of the District of Columbia still eat the fruits of slavery -- quite literally. That's because Giant grocery stores, one of the...

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. More activists protested Giant headquarters in Maryland today, with unexpected results:

    5. Over 900 people showed up to protest Ahold this weekend. Check out the photos and support them bu signing and sharing this petition:

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Protesters are taking to the streets of Boston, demanding change from Ahold, which owns Stop and Shop and Giant:

    8. This week's huge Stop and Shop protest will stretch from Boston to Amsterdam! Will you support it by signing this petition?

    9. Kids Protest Slave-Picked Produce at Stop & Shop

      Fifth-graders attending the Boston Workman's Circle Jewish Sunday School were learning about their ancestors working in sweatshops after arriving in America when they discovered that this exploitation isn't just a thing of the past. So they decided...

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. Awesome shout out from Coalition of Immokalee Workers in their newsletter: "Over at , the exciting new media center for grassroots social change, they're singling out Ahold brand Stop & Shop for its refusal to work with the CIW, and encouraging consumers to join the Fair Food march in Boston this February 27th.

    12. Activists Protest Stop & Shop, Demand Slave-Free Tomatoes

      In one month, Ahold USA -- the parent company of supermarkets Giant and Stop & Shop -- will have to face their refusal to stop slavery and exploitation in the tomato industry. That's because fair food activists are organizing a protest at Stop...

    13. D.C. Area Activists Ask Giant, Stop and Shop to Sell Slave-Free Food

      Thanksgiving — the biggest holiday for supermarkets — is fast approaching. To make this Thanksgiving slavery-free, the Student Farmworker Alliance and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are organizing the National Supermarket Week of...

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    • Polly O'Rourke BERWYN HEIGHTS, MD
      • almost 3 years ago

      I refuse to shop at a supermarket that profits from slavery. Until you sign Fair Food agreements, I will not set foot in any of your stores.

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    • T. A. Hoffman WASCO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I live in California and even 3,000 miles away, I am well aware of the abuse of workers in the tomato fields of Florida. Workers are virtually kidnapped and held in labor camps, unable to leave and intimidated at every turn. Your wallets are dripping blood.

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    • L M PINE, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you!!

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    • vanne hanisch-godoy VICTORIA, AK
      • over 3 years ago

      or we won't buy your products!! THAT'S IT!!!

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