Design time-bound, specific goals for improvement.
Start with the most salient risks and fundamental operations needs (e.g., receive signed codes of conduct from all suppliers within one year, validate responsible recruitment processes in all land-based seafood supply chains within two years).
Identify and communicate the company’s commitment with key stakeholders, including:
Workers, associations of workers such as trade unions, and other civil society organizations.
Business partners (e.g., first- and second-tier suppliers) through supplier expectations letters, codes of conduct, or other communications.
Organizations that may respond to the commitment (e.g., buyers, investors, and advocacy groups).
Government agencies that may support critical human rights goals (e.g., Departments of Labor, Migration, Fisheries or Customs).
Those with a vested interest in the company (e.g., shareholders).
Share the commitment through the company website and other relevant outlets (e.g., media releases, annual reports, conferences, and blogs).
Specify the scope of the commitment and its implementation or verification plan (e.g., “The commitment applies to all sourcing and supply chains;” “Data collection with direct suppliers is used to verify the commitment”).
Include information about time-bound aspects of the commitment, as well as planned public follow-up regarding progress.
Until robust verification can occur at sea, continue to utilize port visits to engage workers, iterate best practices for conducting port interviews with workers, and confirm commitments are met to the fullest extent possible.