How GROW Compares with Other Programs

How GROW Compares to Other Programs

GROW (Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers) was founded in 2005 in Colima, Mexico by Organics Unlimited. There are social responsibility programs around the world, and understanding the difference will help you choose the right one to participate in. You are choosing for your customers, so choose wisely.

The GROW program helps workers who grow the produce as well as others in the community, providing scholarships, medical programs, and other beneficial projects in Mexico and Ecuador. Primary funding comes from the purchase of GROW organic bananas (all USDA certified organic) by consumers in the US.

The Rainforest Alliance – Works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. They help farmers, forest managers and tourism businesses realize greater economic benefits by ensuring ecosystems within and around their operations are protected, and that their workers are well-trained and enjoy safe conditions and housing.

Earth University – An international, private, non-profit university was created in Costa Rica to combat the immense population growth and unsustainable agricultural practices resulting in social and environmental challenges. EARTH teaches sustainable development practices with equal emphasis on entrepreneurial skills, commitment to the community and responsibility to the environment.

Banana Link – Banana Link aims to promote sustainability while helping the impoverished community.  This is not focused on organic certified bananas but it does include the prohibition of substances that are hazardous to the environment.

World Banana Forum – The Mission of the World Banana Forum is to inspire collaboration between stakeholders that produces pragmatic outcomes for the betterment of the banana industry; and, to achieve an industry-wide consensus of best practices regarding workplace issues, gender equity, environmental impact, sustainable production and economic issues.

Fair Trade – While not necessarily organic, Fair Trade bananas help restrict the use of agrochemicals and work toward environmental changes. Fair Trade also practices good working conditions certified by Fair Trade USA. The cost for the Fair Trade Certification is slightly higher than the other programs listed above, and the transparency regarding where your funds are allocated are not always clear.

September is GROW Month. It’s a time to let your customers know that they are helping changing the world with their purchase of GROW bananas.  All we ask is that they “Buy a banana. Change a life.”  Check our online store for new POP materials for each of your stores for GROW Month, and do your part to help change the world. Contact us at for login information

If you’d like to be involved and to learn more about Organics Unlimited and GROW, visit,, or call (619) 710-0658.

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