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While I appreciate the need for greater workers rights in Columbia, there are a couple of areas in which I have to comment the U.S. does no better. Many companies in the U.S. do not hire union members (whether that is technically a part of their recruiting strategy or not it is, nonetheless, a fact). While a certain amount of maternity leave is technically guaranteed, take it from a woman who worked a minimum wage job while pregnant that when the baby comes you cannot always afford to take advantage of your unpaid maternity leave. While workers rights do need to be improved upon, safer environmental practices do promote safer working conditions. Namely: Environmentally safer practices generally mean less caustic chemicals and, therefore, a general decrease in the health risks associated with the flower trade. At least it IS a step in the right direction.

I recieved an email saying this same type of thing, so I decided to do my own research. The pdf that Florverde put out stating their certification criteria completely contradicts what you are saying. They only proof you are showing is a press release that doesn't state this criteria. Is there any actual evidence of these business practices?

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