Hydration and safer working conditions of sugar cane cutters
In Mexico, Proforest is working with Nestle and BSM (Beta San Miguel) to support the hydration and safer working conditions of sugar cane cutters. BSM is the largest producer of sugar in Mexico with 11 mills that produce around 1 million tons of sugar. The programme aims to ensure that cutters and their families have access to drinkable water, by improving workers’ shelters and installing water purification systems in them, as well as providing containers so that water can be brought to the field. So far, the programme has created of three shelters for migrant workers and more than 800 cane cutters in the field. Proforest has provided training to the cutters on the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) and the importance of water, rest and shade. This programme illustrates how supply chain companies, mills, and local producer organisations can collaborate effectively to address a key risk.