Pineapple is not native to the Philippines, but since the tropical environment has proven ideal for plantations, the country is currently one of the biggest producers and exporters of pineapples in the world. Most of the pineapples in the Philippines come from the second largest island of the Philippines: Mindanao.
The pineapple industry on Mindanao is dominated by two corporate giants: Del Monte Philippines Inc. and Dole Philippines. At least 24,000 workers working on the plantations and in the factories of these companies earn poverty wages well below a living wage, leaving them unable to afford basic needs, such as food, medicine and education.
There are an increasing number of vulnerable ‘contractual workers’, currently estimated at 85% of the workforce, who can earn as little as €4 per day. These workers are not union members and, therefore, lack the opportunity for collective bargaining. This means they are never able to stand up for their right to a living wage.