For over 30 years, CI has been protecting nature for the benefit of global humanity. We do this through science, policy and partnerships with countries, communities and companies. Our oceans program is committed to sustainable production, ensuring that seafood is environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. We have invested significant effort in functioning as a catalyst and convener on social responsibility, driving alignment among organizations that work with businesses, governments, and civil society groups involved in the seafood sector on a shared definition and collective action plan for progress: and developing a strong and diverse community of practice, comprised of environmental and social nonprofit organizations, academic researchers, consultants, and other key experts.
EJF conducts detailed field-based investigations, coupled with extensive background research to inform high-level advocacy directed at policy makers and key industry stake-holders. In some circumstances, EJF will provide specialist training and support, both to Government and civil society. We work in collaboration with a diverse range of stake-holders.
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.
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.
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.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is an international federation of transport workers’ trade unions with more than 20,000,000 million members in all transport sectors, which among the others represents fishers working at sea and on land, as part of the supply chain. The ITF is campaigning to protect and secure decent human and labour rights of the fishers worldwide in the world’s Fishing is the world’s most dangerous industry, mixed up with human trafficking, piracy, child labour, modern slavery and even murder. Effective regulation is vital. The ITF works with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other relevant international organisation to address the plight of fishers on a global level. The ITF is actively involved in: – Promotion of ratification and implementation of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention No188,2007 which provide the minimum standards regarding employment of fishers: – Fighting to stop the abuse of fishers and fishworkers: – Combating social dumping: – Prevent and eliminate human trafficking in fishing: – Combating IUU fishing which is major threat to people and fisheries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fortify Rights supports human rights defenders and affected communities by investigating human rights violations and engaging people with power on solutions. Our work is focused on bringing laws and practices in line with human rights standards to ensure human rights for all.