Sugar Industry Thanks U.S. for Highlighting Improvements in Sector

The Dominican Sugar Industry (IAD) yesterday thanked the recognition of the United States Department of Labor, which in its latest report highlights the continuous improvements of the companies of the sector in the aspects recommended by this entity of the North American government .

In the statement, signed by the Central Romana Corporation (CRC), the Consorcio Azucaro de Empresas Industriales (CAEI) and the Consorcio Azucaro Dominicano (CAC), the sugar industry reiterates its commitment to ensuring that working and living conditions in its sugarcane supply chain meets international standards.

It also highlights its efforts for continuous improvement through transparency and dialogue and its willingness to engage with the Dominican government, other industry players and external stakeholders to support new positive initiatives.

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“The Dominican sugar industry supports additional efforts to involve sector actors in improving the working and living conditions of workers in the production of sugar cane in the country”, refers to the text.

In this sense, the document points out among the most recent measures adopted by the sugar industry, the equalization of the minimum wage with the agricultural sector in general and the commitment of an international company to examine compliance with labor regulations. .

Migrant rights

The sugar industry said that on the 16th of this month, it would launch a central forum with sectors of civil society committed to defending the rights of migrant workers.

The report’s findings and recommendations are directed to the Dominican Republic, as the procedure invoked by the US Department of Labor is a government-to-government process under DR-Cafta.

Rachel J. Bradford