Global tuna supply chains are complex and involve many stakeholders, which creates risks for human rights abuses, human trafficking, and forced labor. Tools and resources exist to support social responsibility improvements in these supply chains. But without increased education and awareness on what abuses and violations may look like, companies and retailers may not be able to effectively uphold human rights in their own supply chains.
“In the last few years, concerns regarding labour and human rights issues in seafood production have become ever-more significant, yet many of the people responsible for decision-making in seafood companies are not experts in this complex field. The ‘knee-jerk’ reaction is to immediately stop trade with a supplier, but awareness-raising and capacity building are fundamental to addressing root causes and remediating issues to better protect workers. The social responsibility toolkit, and the supporting webinars we have hosted, provide a comprehensive roadmap for businesses to engage with suppliers to improve practices.”
-Tom Pickerell, GTA