Banana giant Chiquita Brands said independent auditors had certified its farms in Guatemala and Honduras to the Social Accountability 8000 labour and human rights standard.
The company said all of its owned banana farms in Latin America were now certified to the standard as well as stringent environmental standards set down by the Rainforest Alliance.
The holdings in question cover 37,000 acres of land and provide employment to more than 14,000 people.
Chiquita chairman and CEO Fernando Aguirre said: “This accomplishment reflects our employees’ tremendous efforts and commitment to attain high standards.”
Social Accountability 8000 is a standard addressing issues such as child labour, health and safety, the right to collective bargaining, discrimination, working hours and pay.