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World of Coffee Milan 2022

Improving coffee workers occupational safety and health

Drivers and constraints for OSH improvement in the coffee global supply chain

Lecture Overview

The International Labour Organization’s Vision Zero Fund works to improve occupational safety and health (OSH) in the coffee supply chain. Research on drivers and constraints for OSH improvement has been conducted in Vietnam, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico and Laos. Findings have informed social dialogue processes in which governments, employers, workers and other relevant stakeholders jointly developed and implemented interventions to reduce the exposure of women and men in the coffee supply chain to safety and health hazards, improving producers’ productivity and the lives and working conditions of millions of coffee workers. Join this session to learn about the findings, interventions and results to date, and to discuss how collective action can help to ensure safer and healthier working conditions for coffee farmers around the world.

Panel Presenters

Kristina Kurths

Ms. Kristina Kurths holds a Master Degree in Development Finance. She has more than 10 years of experience in managing technical cooperation projects for the ILO, including assignments in Lesotho and Lao PDR. Currently, she works as Project Manager for the Vision Zero Fund project in Vietnam, which focuses on improving occupational safety and health in the coffee supply chain. Her areas of expertise include OSH, labour standards and social dialogue.

Rodrigo Mogrovejo

Chief Technical Advisor of the Vision Zero Fund of the International Labour Organization (ILO) for the Mexico and Cuba Office. He started my work at the ILO in 2011 and has extensive experience and knowledge in working conditions, OSH, child labour, labour inspection, cooperatives, productivity and value chains. He had the opportunity to develop the functions of country coordinator in the ILO Office in Bolivia and occasionally official in charge in the Mexico Office. He has a PhD in Development Studies and Applied Economy from the University of the Basque Country, three master's degrees, one in Regional Development from the University of Bordeaux IV, another in Social Economy and Local Development from the University of Jaen, and the last one in Development and International Aid by the Complutense University of Madrid. Previously, He served as a civil servant, academic researcher and civil servant of NGOs and universities in Latin America and Europe.

Maria E. Munaretto

Technical Officer of the Vision Zero Fund initiative at the International Labour Organization (ILO). Maria has over 12 years of experience working for a number of international organizations, in particular the ILO and the Inter-American Development Bank. She has been engaged in the design, implementation and monitoring of development cooperation projects related to decent work, including in the areas of fundamental principles and rights at work, occupational safety and health, and youth employment. Maria holds an MA degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University (The Fletcher School) and a BA in sociology from the University of Buenos Aires.

Ockert Dupper

Global Programme Manager of the Vision Zero Fund (VZF) at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining the ILO, he was Director of Monitoring and Vice-President of Programs at the Fair Labor Association (FLA) in Washington, D.C. (2012-2014), and Professor of Law at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (1996-2012), where he specialised in labour law and social security law. He holds degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, and Harvard Law School.


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