amfori is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with La Isla Network. This partnership aims to raise awareness around the issues of heat stress and the damaging effects it may have on workers’ health through capacity building and training programmes.
amfori and La Isla Network see the significant benefits of our greater collaboration. Together, we both share the common objective of raising awareness among our members’ supply chains to fulfill the UN SDGs: health, decent work and responsible consumption.
Our partnership will be introduced in detail during a joint webinar on Thursday, 3 June 2021. In the webinar, you will learn how to prevent potential risks by sharing practical steps with your producers. As a result, they will be informed and empowered to address the need for adequate water, rest, shade and sanitation among their workforce.
In Brief: La Isla Network
La Isla Network was founded in 2008 with the goal of ending chronic kidney disease of non-traditional origin (CKDnt) among workers and their communities worldwide.
Sugarcane – Not so Sweet for Workers
La Isla Network and industry partners have researched the health effects of manually harvesting sugarcane. The network identified heat stress as one of the leading causes of acute injuries and chronic illness among the workforce. Through the evaluation of working practices and interventions around occupational health for field workers, there have been promising results from their Water, Rest, Shade, and Sanitation program. Implementing improvements have indicated a significant enhancement to workers’ health as well as a positive Return-On-Investment in productivity for the harvest.
In short, concrete interventions can save lives and even make workers more productive.
Innovative amfori members already reaping the benefits
In recent months, members from the Nordic Alcohol Monopolies have already co-operated with La Isla Network in order to provide support through tailored trainings programmes.
Vinmonopolet has been a key driver in providing these opportunities to producer and fully supports the MoU to further bring this important issue to our members’ attention.