The Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association are seeking public input on a draft framework for responsible labor practices in the fresh produce and floral supply chains.

The boards of the two groups established a joint committee last year to look into the issue amid growing interest in transparency through the supply chain, said UFPA chairman Tony Freytag.

“The committee’s goal was to ensure that the industry has a clear and well-defined commitment to treat all workers with dignity and respect as they work to bring fresh produce and floral products to consumers,” Freytag said.

Copies of the Ethical Charter and more information are now available on a Joint PMA/United Fresh webpage. (

“After engaging with multiple stakeholders both within and outside the industry, the associations are now inviting members of the industry, other stakeholders and the general public to submit online comments on the draft Ethical Charter,” said PMA chairman John Oxford.

Public comments will be accepted through Feb. 20.