Identify high-level opportunities for improvement within your company
Identify areas in which your company’s values, goals, and customer expectations align with opportunities to improve human rights policies and procedures.
Assess your company’s policies and practices against human rights guidance, law, and regulation, including the UN Guiding Principles and national human trafficking and forced labor laws.
Compare current seafood policies, practices, and expectations against national human rights, corporate responsibility, and disclosure laws.
Review implications of trading goods associated with forced labor.
The U.S. government currently prohibits forced labor-associated products from import. Multiple distant water fishing products have been blocked upon entry in the past three years. See U.S. Customs and Border Protection article one(December 31, 2020), article two(August 18, 2020), article three(May 11, 2020), article four(February 6, 2019).
Build internal support for advancing social responsibility
Educate, Engage and Identify
Educate and engage corporate leadership on the risks associated with human rights abuses, particularly forced labor, in seafood supply chains. Discuss specific opportunities to strengthen social responsibility practices and the business benefits of doing so.
Engage other internal decision-makers (e.g., seafood sourcing departments or directors) to identify the resources and expertise needed to improve social responsibility practices across the business.
Over time, build social responsibility improvements into employee performance metrics (e.g., benefits for buyers who incorporate social responsibility into seafood purchasing decisions).
Identify champions and empower them to establish initiatives that improve social responsibility practices throughout the company.
KPMG: Resources for Addressing Human Rights in Business