Although the Social Responsibility Assessment (SRA) tool can be flexible in implementation, the best results are produced when the assessor (whether an individual or a team) is well qualified.
The individual or team that implements the SRA should have expertise in the following three areas:
In addition to these three areas of expertise, depending on the context within which the SRA is being implemented, there may be some other factors to take into consideration when choosing an assessor / assessment team. Additional considerations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Be sure to reach out to the entity that has requested the SRA to ensure any additional qualifications are met (e.g. Fishery Improvement Projects reporting to FisheryProgress).
At this time, assessors can apply to be recognized on RISE as an assessor that meets any or all of these qualifications. Once recognized, you will be featured on a list that will be published on RISE and will be circulated to match those that are implementing an SRA with qualified assessors. For a detailed description of assessor qualifications best practices, see “Assessor Qualifications” below.
As social assessments are relatively new in the seafood industry, there are few individuals that will be qualified in all of these areas of expertise. As needed, a team of individuals that collectively meets these qualifications will be well suited to implement the SRA. For more details on assessor teams, see “The Recognition Process” below.
If recognized as a Social Expert only, that assessor will need a Fishery / Aquaculture Expert to comprise a full assessment team and vice versa for those individuals who are only recognized as a Fishery / Aquaculture Expert. An individual that is recognized as both a Social and Fishery / Aquaculture Expert will be qualified to implement the entire SRA as an individual.
The application asks a series of questions about your expertise and provides a space for documents to be uploaded as evidence. At a minimum, you will need to attach your CV. Additional documents, such as certificates or scans of a diploma, may be included as needed to support your application.
Once submitted, ELEVATE will review applications every two weeks. If accepted, you will receive an email notification and your name will be added to the list of recognized individuals where your contact information will be shared publicly. Your name will be listed alongside the type of recognition granted, a short bio, language proficiency, and your location. Those looking to find an assessor and/or create an assessment team can then use this list of recognized individuals to conduct an SRA that meets their needs.
There are some key guidelines to help determine best practices regarding assessor qualifications.
Conducting a social assessment can be very challenging in that the assessors are often dealing with very sensitive issues. It takes experience implementing social science methods to understand how to respectfully handle sensitive issues.
An assessor must be prepared to implement social science methods, including, but not limited to:
There are many ways to demonstrate social science experience:
An assessor must have familiarity with the fishery / aquaculture context to effectively implement the SRA. This requires an understanding of the risks that are unique to the seafood industry in relation to the issue areas covered in the SRA.
Fishery / Aquaculture experience can be demonstrated as follows:
In order to effectively implement the SRA, at least one member on the assessment team should have attended a training on the SRA. Even with social auditing and fishery/aquaculture experience, the tool itself is unique, therefore this training is essential to ensure effective and consistent SRA implementation.
Currently there is only one recommended source for SRA trainings. This is the ELEVATE SRA Training which is a 3 day training that covers key social science methods, the SRA process, and the content of the SRA.
Refer to the SRA Assurance Guidance for more information about recommended trainings that can help an individual work towards meeting these qualifications.