Social Justice Standards
The Agricultural Justice Project's standards were originally developed over four years of stakeholder input—involving farmers, farmworkers, and indigenous, retail, and consumer groups—and are an attempt to codify in concrete terms what making a legitimate claim of "social justice" in organic and sustainable agriculture means.
Revisions to Standards Completed Sept. 2012
AJP has revised certain standards as a result of comments received during the June - July public comment period.
Summary of Standards Revisions - Download a short summary only of the language changes we developed as a result of the comments.
AJP's Response to Comments - Download a detailed review of each comment we received and our explanation for how we handled the input, and why we did or did not make changes.
AJP is continually seeking comment on our draft standards for Labor Contractors, and we are also seeking Labor Contractors willing to participate in a pilot project to pursue certification. These standards will not be finalized before that pilot project is completed.
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AJP standards address:
• Workers' rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining
• Fair wages and benefits for workers
• Fair and equitable contracts for farmers and buyers
• Fair pricing for farmers
• Clear conflict resolution policies for farmers or food business owners/managers and workers
• The rights of indigenous peoples
• Workplace health and safety
• Farmworker housing
• Interns and apprentices
• Children on farms
From 2009 - 2010 AJP conducted a standards revisions process complete with multiple public and stakeholder comment periods, and thorough reviews by our Advisory Committee and additional expert advisors. We incorporated changes into this revisions round based on lessons learned from the pilot process, and feedback from our participating certifiers.Estandares en Español
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