To continue promoting a culture of respect for human rights, the companies Agricola Chaparral and Agroindustrias Tombell, members of our agricultural community Veggies from Mexico received for the third consecutive year the award: “Company Committed to Human Rights” issued by the State Human Rights Commission (CEDH), to promote training activities that promote, respect, protect and guarantee the human rights of both administrative and field workers.
According to the State Human Rights Commission (CEDH), from 2016 to November 2023, in Agroindustrias Tombell a total of 27 training programs were carried out benefiting 1200 people, while in Agricola Chaparral, 40 training programs were carried out reaching a total of 2200 people.
These training programs were given to its field workers, administrative workers, and middle management in all its agricultural operations: Tombell Packing, La Paloma Field, El Diez Field, and Esmeralda Field.
Some of the topics taught were the following: Human rights and good treatment, bullying prevention, sexual harassment, discrimination and inclusion, violence against women, sexual diversity and inclusion, extortion, and human trafficking, the rights of children and adolescents, women’s human rights and the rights of migrants.
Grower Sergio R. Esquer Peiro, CEO of both companies, was pleased to receive this award because, from his point of view, it favors the Chaparral Group’s commitment to inclusion and sustainability and pledged to continue working in favor of the human rights of all its employees, as national and international markets increasingly demand it in the standards of social responsibility.
For his part, Jose Carlos Alvarez Ortega, president of the CEDH of Sinaloa, expressed how the organization has already been working on human rights training with the staff of both companies and has a firm conviction to promote, respect, protect, and guarantee the human rights of both administrative and field personnel.
The State Commission of Human Rights is a public body of the state of Sinaloa with management and budgetary autonomy that has legal personality and assets, and its purpose is the defense, protection, observance, promotion, study, and dissemination of human rights recognized in the Mexican Constitution, in the local constitution of Sinaloa and international instruments incorporated into the Mexican legal system.
The award as a company committed to human rights is a program that seeks to honor the efforts of companies and establish mechanisms for self-management and evaluation, whose main objectives are to consolidate the commitment to policies aimed at respecting and promoting human rights in the scope of their activities; strengthen the organizational development of companies, promote due diligence processes in human rights for the identification, prevention, mitigation, and redress in case of risks for their activities or directly related to their business operations, also support, promote and seek the peaceful resolution of conflicts arising from direct and indirect activities of the company.
This recognition also seeks to contribute to the development of socio-emotional skills of its employees concerning their work activities and contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, promote, and broadcast the sustainability represented by respect for human rights as a competitive business advantage, and stimulate and promote practices that directly drive continuous improvement.
These are the seven fundamental pillars of the label:
Human rights policy
Harmonious labor practices
The companies interested in obtaining this award need to visit the website, where a general registration form is filled out and a letter of commitment is downloaded to be signed by the legal representative, as well as the privacy notice, then proceed to answer the self-assessment questionnaire consisting of 77 items of which a minimum of 40 points is required to move to the next phase, once the necessary points are accredited, an appointment is made with the company for a visit at their address to verify the evidence required for the accreditation of the reagents.