Greg Asbed, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, is a co-founder of the Fair Food Program (FFP) and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility model, a breakthrough approach to verifiable corporate accountability recognized for its unique effectiveness in combatting forced labor, sexual violence, and other human rights violations in corporate supply chains.
Asbed spearheads the development of the FFP’s innovative market-based enforcement mechanisms, rights standards, and worker education processes. He coordinates relations among corporate buyers (including Walmart, McDonalds, and Sodexo), growers, and farmworkers. He also consults with other human rights organizations, both nationally and internationally, on the adaptation of the FFP in other contexts.
On behalf of the Fair Food Program, Asbed accepted the 2015 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts in Combatting Human Trafficking and the 2014 Clinton Global Citizen Award. Asbed has a BS in Neuroscience from Brown University and an MA in International Economics and Social Change from Johns Hopkins University. He speaks English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. He also spent 18 seasons harvesting watermelons across the Southeastern United States.