Thursday, June 17, 2010

Humanitarian award given to two at Compass

Two Compass Group North America officials will receive the Cesar Estrada Chavez Award for improving the working conditions of Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants.

Charlotte Business Journal
Thursday, June 17, 2010, 2:45pm EDT Modified: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 4:42pm

The Cesar Estrada Chavez Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in support of workers' rights and humanitarian issues.
The American Association for Affirmative Action will honor Rick Stone and Cheryl Queen at the Washington, DC-based organization’s Access, Equity and Diversity Summit , June 30 – July 1at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.
Stone is the vice president of sustainability for Foodbuy LLC, the Charlotte-based company's purchasing arm. Queen is vice president for corporate communications.
The pair partnered with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers after receiving e-mails from the activist group detailing the plight of tomato harvesters in South Florida. Stone and Queen developed a purchasing agreement that set a standard for the industry.
In September, the food-service company pledged to pay an additional 1.5 cents per pound for all tomatoes bought from from Florida annually, with one cent per pound dedicated to go from the supplier directly to the workers.

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