The Dominican Sugar Industry has been a mainstay of the economy of the Dominican Republic, one of its largest employers, and a major contributor to poverty alleviation and economic development in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Since the 1990s, the sugar industry of the Dominican Republic has committed itself to improvements, including strengthening its own labor standards, protections, and compliance mechanisms.
In 2011, a submission was filed under the Labor Chapter of the Dominican Republic-Central American-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The submission contains a number of unfounded and unproven allegations against the Dominican Sugar Industry. Nevertheless, the Dominican Sugar Industry has utilized the subsequent events to make even more significant progress in improving labor standards and working conditions in the sugar sector.
The Dominican Sugar Industry has issued multiple reports documenting each step to improve the labor law environment in the sugar sector.