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SAI Newsletter April 2022

Featured Stories

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Photo by Fronteras Desk on Flickr

SAI awarded $5 million USDOL grant to work in Mexico's tomato and chile sectors

USDOL has awarded SAI a $5 million grant to strengthen the capacity of tomato and chile pepper producers to comply with Mexican labor laws. The project will also combat child labor, forced labor and unacceptable working conditions, and support compliance and remediation systems focused on workers’ voice in Baja California, Baja California Sur and Chihuahua. We will work with partners Save the Children Mexico and El Centro de Derechos de los Ninos.

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We are hiring a Project Director for this project! See more detail and share with your network.

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iWrc Brazil Spotlight: ACAMAR

This month we are shining a spotlight on ACAMAR, a waste recycling cooperative in Brazil participating in the iWrc program.

ACAMAR began participating in iWrc in 2021 and has since benefitted from guidance that helped them improve their social performance and electronic waste disposal practices. Since starting, ACAMAR has been able to introduce a grievance mechanism for their cooperative members, increase their revenue from electronics recycling, and  create better working conditions in the cooperative.

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Updates from the Anker Research Institute

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A new working paperLiving Wage and Living Income for Sustainable Diets, is now available from the Anker Research Institute!

Enabling a ‘sustainable diet’ and a decent standard of living for workers and families are closely linked, especially in the Global South. This paper examines how living wages and incomes are intertwined with nutrition and how a decent standard of living can alleviate poverty-related issues, such as food insecurity. 

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New Living Wage and Income Reports

The Anker Research Institute and Global Living Wage Coalition have released several new living wage and living income reports this month:

Upcoming Workshop & Training Opportunities


This project aims to help employers, workers and unions understand and apply labor reforms and requirements in the USMCA. We are currently accepting training participants from the automobile manufacturing, auto parts, mining, aluminum and iron production, and electronics industries in Mexico.

Upcoming Mexico-Awareness Raising Training Courses & Events

May 4: Virtual Webinar | Freedom of Association and collective bargaining | Remote

May 24: In-Person Workshop | Freedom of Association and legitimization of contracts | Torreón, Coahuila, MX

May 25: In-Person Training | Non-discrimination and gender equity | Torreón, Coahuila, MX


This project is financed by the U.S. Department of Labor pursuant to cooperation agreement number IL-35868-21 75K. 100% of the total project or program costs are financed by federal funds, amounting to a total of 10 million USD.


Upcoming SA8000 Introduction and Basic Auditor Training Courses

May 16 – 20: SA8000 Basic Remote Training | Asia/Pacific Region

May 23 – 27: SA8000 Basic Classroom Training | Shenzhen, China

May 23 – 27: SA8000 Basic Remote Training | Italy

May 29 June 2: SA8000 Basic Classroom Training | Dhaka, Bangladesh

See full course list and register
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