Humus is a service that wants to make farm work more sustainable and ethical in the Cuneo region in Italy. It allows different agriculture businesses to "share" workers. The goal is to provide year-round employment to workers, while firms only hire them seasonally.
Fighting the 'gang-master system' and exploitation in the agricultural sector is the challenge Humus says it has set itself.
The start-up was set up in Cuneo, a region in northwestern Italy. Its goal is to fight against undocumented work and to promote sustainable and ethical work conditions in local agriculture.
Service for manpower sharing
Humus was created by the MiCò association - which works in migrant integration - and Banda Valle Grana, a network of local agricultural firms.
According its website, Humus wants to enable small agricultural firms in particular to make hiring practices sustainable.
Here's how it's supposed to work: Different farms that produce different produce "share" workers. The agricultural workers get a contract for the entire year, then work at different farms and enterprises, depending on the season. Every firm will employ the worker only the time necessary and then will pay the corresponding percentage at the end of the month.
Humus says it ensures regularized, trained manpower and takes care of all work consultancy paperwork online.
Feedback for ethical hiring
The start-up says that, thanks to its feedback system, Humus ensures the ethical nature of the hiring.
On the website of the start-up, workers and firms can fill out a form to take part in the project.