Safe working conditions. Fair wages. Preservation of ecosystems. Community development. Greenhouse pepper grower Divemex has long championed these sustainable concepts, and has achieved Fair Trade Certification in both its Etzatlan and Culiacan operations.
Premiums earned in the Fair Trade program are channeled by workers to the areas of greatest need, including scholarships: One for middle and high school students, another to help Divemex employees finish their basic schooling, and a third for children of workers who are studying toward a bachelor’s degree. Divemex has been heartened by the market’s response to this program, which includes organic and conventionally grown peppers.