Assent Compliance is the global leader in supply chain data management, providing companies with SaaS solutions that manage third-party data to protect corporate brands, increase market accessibility, and reduce operational and financial risk. By combining leading-edge technology with extensive supply chain expertise, we deliver solutions to help companies identify and assess risk in their supply chains, and manage their data with increased efficiency. We provide thought leadership on regulatory issues and best practices through our involvement with a variety of industry bodies, associations and organizations. Through our work with the Social Responsibility Alliance, we are helping to create open-source tools that facilitate the collection of responsible sourcing data, and provide the resources and support companies need to create socially responsible supply chains.this is wide test
The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions connects leading conservation groups from North America, South America, Europe, and Japan that work with businesses throughout the supply chain from fishermen and fish farmers to retailers and restaurants. In 2008, businesses were just getting started with sustainable seafood. That year, the Conservation Alliance released the Common Vision, a roadmap with six steps companies can take to develop and implement sustainable seafood policies. Today, over 80% of the North American and European grocery markets have made commitments to buy and sell sustainable seafood. Interest in sustainable seafood is growing in other parts of the world, including South America and Japan. Sustainability has become the norm in the seafood industry. Now the challenge is ensuring these commitments to environmentally sustainable and socially responsible seafood have as much impact as possible by removing roadblocks and helping fisheries and aquaculture in the developing world get on a path toward sustainability. Conservation Alliance members and collaborators work collectively to tackle challenges that are too big for any one organization or business to solve alone. We share expertise and develop tools that help businesses advance their sustainable seafood commitments and fisheries and aquaculture to make improvements. We believe that steady progress on businesses sustainable seafood commitments now will mean healthier oceans can deliver a stable supply of seafood for decades to come.
In 2014, Fair Trade USA launched its Seafood program in an effort to bring the benefits of Fair Trade to fishermen, fish farmers, and seafood processing workers. Through Fair Trade certification and improved market access, the Seafood program aims to build strong communities by ensuring financially stable families, safe working conditions, access to services through community development premium investments, and biologically healthy ecosystems. Fair Trade’s standards use a step-wise approach that requires improvement of social, economic, and environmental conditions over time, benefiting both communities and the natural ecosystems upon which they depend.
FishWise promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems by providing innovative market-based tools to the seafood industry, supporting sustainability through environmentally and socially responsible business practices. For more than fifteen years, FishWise has worked closely with the seafood industry to foster leadership in sustainability. We believe that the seafood industry not only has serious impacts on the health of oceans and the welfare of its workers, but also the potential to make an enormous contribution to the health of our planet and its inhabitants. FishWise works by advancing private sector leadership, building multi-stakeholder collaboration, and producing research and knowledge. ADVANCING PRIVATE SECTOR LEADERSHIP: FishWise partners with the seafood industry to achieve some of the most ambitious responsible seafood commitments. Currently this includes partnerships with large national and regional retailers, along with independent grocery stores and mid-supply chain and producer companies. As a growing but still nimble organization, FishWise is selective in the projects it takes on, in order to maximize its capacity and ability to deliver results. BUILDING COLLABORATION AND KNOWLEDGE: FishWise sparks learning and innovation by convening government, industry, and nonprofit organizations to create new strategies for improving traceability and combating human rights abuses in seafood supply chains. We are a go-to resource for best practices, tools, and approaches recommended by diverse experts in the field. With marine and social scientists and data analysts on staff, and through strategic academic affiliations, FishWise translates leading-edge scientific information into pragmatic recommendations for a range of seafood stakeholders.
The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard operates under a third party accredited certification system worldwide. All stages of production must be certified: feed, seedlings, farming and post-harvest activities. The main pillars for responsible sourcing are covered: food safety (only standard recognized for food safety at farm level): environment and biodiversity, animal welfare, occupational health & safety and workerså« welfare. This last aspect is verified through the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practices – GRASP. It serves as an initial evaluation of the social performance and may avoid unnecessary social audits – which brings high costs of certification. It covers everyone on the farm: permanent employees and seasonal workers. Main core areas include worker representation: fair and regular wages: no child labor: schooling for all children living on the farm: no discrimination. The outcome is transparently available to the market participants.
Human Rights at Sea’s mission is to explicitly raise awareness, implementation and accountability of human rights provisions throughout the maritime environment, especially where they are currently absent, ignored or being abused. We promote human rights (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) for seafarers, fishermen and others involved in working at sea throughout the world by all or any of the following means: 1. Increasing global awareness of the explicit requirement for protection of, respect for and provision of effective remedies for human rights abuses at sea through international advocacy, the publishing of case studies and where applicable, the provision of teaching materials. 2. Contributing to the international development of effective, enforceable and accountable remedies for human rights abuses at sea. 3. Investigating and monitoring abuses of Human Rights at Sea. 4. Developing the 2011 UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the maritime environment.5. Commenting on and supporting proposed national and international human rights legislation, policies and best practice, where applicable. Human Rights at Sea has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2014.
Human Rights at Sea International Limited (HRASi) is a registered trading subsidiary of the independent maritime charity Human Rights at Sea. It provides discreet consulting services to the global community on maritime human rights issues and 20% of all of our fees go to support our parent charity. HRASi services include Social Licence to Operate design, implementation and maintenance services.
IHRB are an international think tank who work to improve and support business and government engagement with international standards relating to business and human rights. We have a dedicated programme on Migrant Workers and have produced a number of tools for business including the Dhaka Principles for Migration With Dignity which are used and referenced by many stakeholders globally. We have a particular focus on Responsible Recruitment and in particular the payment by many migrant workers of recruitment fees to secure employment abroad – these payments often leaving them in situations of debt bondage (an indicator of forced labour). Instead we promote The Employer Pays Principle – No worker should pay for a job. The costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer. IHRB also have experience across a range of other issues affecting workers and businesses.
IPNLF is a UK-registered charity with a mission to support the sustainable and equitable development of small-scale artisanal tuna fisheries around the world. Our work advances key principles of sustainable fisheries, including: protecting ecosystems: applying equitable, science-based fisheries management: driving fishery improvements: and securing the social and economic rights of fishery stakeholders. IPNLF has a deep knowledge and strong history of working to improve small-scale artisanal tuna fisheries to increase market access and other benefits. IPNLF has a global membership of supply chain actors including fishing associations, producers, importers, and retail chains. Members contribute to IPNLF’s mission by supporting and implementing fishery improvements, building markets and demand for environmentally and socially responsible tuna, and advocating for policies and practices that support the fisheries. IPNLF uses an evidence-based, solutions-focused approach with guidance from our Board of Trustees, Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) and Markets Advisory Group (MAG). The STAC helps govern IPNLF’s work and comprises respected and experienced professionals and academics, specializing in fisheries research, development and management. The MAG advises IPNLF on championing one-by-one tuna supply chains to reflect and address market realities i.e. securing raw supply, quality, management, traceability, and food safety.
The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) is an international federation of trade unions representing workers employed, among other sectors, in aquaculture, fish and seafood growing and processing. The IUF is composed of 421 affiliated trade unions in 128 countries representing over 10 million workers. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland. From its founding in 1920, international labour solidarity has been the IUFå«s guiding principle. This principle is implemented through: building solidarity at every stage of the food chain, international organizing within transnational companies (TNCs) global action to defend human, democratic, and trade union rights.
Liberty Shared aims to prevent human trafficking through: strategic research: capture and application of information and data: legal advocacy: technological interventions: and strategic collaborations with NGOs, corporations, and financial institutions. Liberty Shared is using its systemic approach to combat slavery and environmental crimes in the fishing industry. This is done by: using research of industry structure and dynamics and the support of the financial sector: sharing key counter-trafficking data and best practices with strategic partners and industry, and channeling intelligence on slavery activities with the corporate community: championing legal and regulatory developments that obligate industry responses to receipt of new information, and improving the understanding of victim identification and protection: creating slavery education and awareness programs to enact change in all sectors of society: collaboration with database providers in the financial sector to share information relevant to anti-money laundering risk and compliance.
The Labor Safe Screen is designed to help seafood companies identify and reduce the risk of slavery in their supply chains. It is a 5-part framework for seafood buyers, sellers and traders to use to reduce risks in work in the seafood sector. It includes supply chain mapping, risk identification based on findings by competent authorities, surveys to collect proof of protective conditions in the workplace, and support for implementing the minimum requirements in international law (code of conduct, universal contract, grievance mechanism, and disclosure of efforts). It includes a tiered approach for screening a large number of products. Combining data from suppliers and workers is a key feature. Users of the Labor Safe Screen manage risks with quantitative scoring and produce positive coverage for their goods and the people making them.