FLOC awarded The Benny
Last week in San Francisco, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), headquartered in Toledo, received the Benny Award for its successful 1999-2004 Mt. Olive Pickle Boycott Campaign.
The Benny comes from the Business Ethics Network whose member organizations are at the forefront of the movement to improve corporate environmental, health, human rights, and labor practices.
The Benny recognizes outstanding organizational achievements in the advancement of corporate ethics. The award was accepted by long-time FLOC supporter Anne Janks and carries with it a cash prize of $10,000.
The FLOC Campaign was ended on September 16, 2004 (Mexico’s Independence Day) when an agreement was signed with the Mt. Olive Pickle Company of North Carolina and the North Carolina Growers’ Association, to insure FLOC representation of 7,000 guest workers from México relative to wage and working conditions/grievances. Over 1,000 formal worker complaints have been processed and resolved since that time.
The Benny Award recognizes FLOC’s Mt. Olive Campaign’s potential long-term impacts toward progressing business ethics for this reason: the agreement is based on a multi-party business model which fosters mutual respect.
This was the first annual conference for the Business Ethics Network which was formed last summer. The top corporate campaigners from leading NGOs as well as funders from several foundations were in attendance.