Founded in 1899, Chiquita has been a worldwide presence in the produce business for over 100 years. Chiquita has been a partner with the Rainforest Alliance in the Better Banana Project since 1994, and 100% of Chiquita-owned farms in Latin America achieved SA8000 certification with Social Accountability International by 2004. SA8000 is one of the world’s first auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces, across all industrial sectors. It is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, conventions of the ILO, UN and national law, and spans industry and corporate codes to create a common language to measure social performance. Chiquita is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and boasts 20,000 employees across 70 countries.