Agribusiness, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Health of Agricultural Migrant Workers

María Isabel Ortega, Samantha Sabo, Patricia Aranda Gallegos, Jill Eileen Guernsey De Zapien, Antonio Zapien, Gloria Elena Portillo Abril, Cecilia Rosales

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Abstract

Background: Living conditions and health of migrant farmworkers could benefit from a health promotion model based on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Objective: To understand how Mexican agribusiness owners and general managers view and practice CSR. Methods: We interviewed 8 agribusiness owners/managers and 233 farmworkers using open-ended interviews and gathered anthropometrical data of 133 children from farmworkers families. To guide our analysis and discussion, we followed the two-dimension model of CSR proposed by Quazi and O’Brien. Results: According to interviewee responses, mean percentage of agreement with CSR concept was 77.4%, with a range of 54–85.7%. Main health-related issues among farmworkers were infectious diseases, crowding, and access to health-care services; there were acute cases of undernutrition among farmworkers’ children and diets were of poor quality. Discussion: Agribusiness owners and managers understand and practice CSR according to a wide and modern view, which contradicts with farmworkers’ living conditions and health. Quazi and O’Brien model should consider the social context, in which it is analyzed, and the social manifestations of community development as a tool for further analysis on the perceptions and actions of entrepreneurs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number54
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 29 2016

Keywords

  • Mexico
  • agribusiness
  • corporate social responsibility
  • farmworkers
  • migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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