USCJ Issues Hekhsher Tsedek Policy
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has announced its policy for the ethical hekhsher tsedek, which will be placed on foods deriving from companies complying with a specific set of ethical guidelines based in Judaism.
According to the USCJ website,
The commission was appointed by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Rabbinical Assembly in response to published reports describing alleged unsafe working conditions and worker mistreatment at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant, AgriProcessors, Inc., in Postville, Iowa. It set out to determine if the charges were accurate, to learn about working conditions at the plant, and to establish next steps, if needed, to help ensure workers’ dignity, safety and rights within the context of Jewish law, values and tradition.
The resulting policy was published yesterday, and the new guidelines can be found in full here. They are listed in five categories: wage and benefits, employee health and safety, product development policies, environmental impact and corporate transparency and integrity.