Gerardo Reyes Chavez
In A Nutshell
Greg Asbed and Gerardo Reyes have developed an innovative business model that partners corporations, farmers, and farmworkers to stop abuses and exploitation of the labor force in American fields.
Gerardo Reyes Chavez is a key leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW), mobilizing communities across the world to advocate for the rights of exploited workers. Through CIW’s Fair Food Program, Gerardo has facilitated unique partnerships among farmers, farmworkers, and retail food companies to ensure humane wages and working conditions for the workers on the participating farms. Gerardo leads workers’ rights education programs, as well as managing the complexities of complaints of abuses in the fields, wage theft claims, and investigating cases of modern-day slavery. He has spoken publicly about the Fair Food Program at events such as Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program Convening on Farm Labor Challenges and the Interfaith Council on Corporate Responsibility’s Multi-stakeholder Roundtable on Ethical Recruitment. Gerardo is a 2018 Aspen Institute Ricardo Salinas Scholar.
“Florida Farmworkers Push for Fairness in the Fields.” Inequality. 2018.
Gerardo Reyes Chavez on Worker Driven Reforms. Aspen Institute. 2018.
“Workers’ Rights Activists Tell Students, ‘Human rights are possible, but not a given’.” Yale Law School. 2017.
Making Corporations Pay. TEDxFruitvale. 2011.