July 23, 2020

Labor recruitment platform for fresh produce launched

The Stronger Together U.S. Responsible Recruitment Program has launched an online tool to support U.S. fresh produce farm labor contractors, labor recruiters and growers to achieve and be recognized for responsible recruitment.

U.S. fresh produce businesses face an ongoing challenge of recruiting enough workers to meet harvesting needs to satisfy consumer demand. Workers recruited through the H-2A program are increasingly important to U.S. businesses, however, cross-border recruitment can add complexity and risk to both workers and business.

Already used globally, the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit (RRT) online tool helps recruiters build resilience to these challenges through ethical and professional recruitment and labor management practices. By subscribing to the tool, recruiters can access practical responsible recruitment guidance and use the self-assessment functionality to track their progress and share achievements with clients. Specialized guidance is now available on the tool for US fresh produce in both English and Spanish.

“At RRT, we believe good work starts with responsible recruitment. Our online tool supports recruiters to deliver great satisfaction to clients and workers through responsible recruitment,” said Hannah Newcomb, managing director of the global RRT program.

Stronger Together US is offering cost-free, one-year subscriptions to the RRT online tool for U.S.-based recruiters operating in fresh produce. The offer is supported by funding from the Walmart Foundation, opened July 23 and is available until Jan. 31, 2021.

US fresh produce businesses are invited to join a short launch webinar featuring a live demonstration to find out how RRT can support them to implement, demonstrate and/or oversee responsible recruitment in their operations and supply chain:

For more information, visit responsiblerecruitmenttoolkit.org/us.

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