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Social Responsibility Assessment (SRA) Tool - Assessor Recognition

Areas of Expertise

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:

  • Language proficiency: It is essential that the individual commissioned to undertake interviews in the assessment can speak the language of the SRA subjects, or at the very least, that there is a qualified interpreter on the assessment team.
  • Conflict of interest: It is important to ensure that where possible, you are able to minimize bias. This means that an assessor should not have a preferred outcome going into the assessment which might influence the results of the assessment.

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.


The Recognition Process


An assessor will apply as an individual to be recognized according the following categories:


In order to be recognized in any of these categories, an assessor must also demonstrate that they have been trained on the implementation of the SRA. At this time, ELEVATE is hosting trainings free of charge to meet this qualification. For more information about upcoming trainings, reach out to

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.


Submit an application HERE to receive recognition as a qualified SRA assessor.


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.

Click HERE to see a list of recognized SRA assessors.

Assessor Qualifications

There are some key guidelines to help determine best practices regarding assessor qualifications.

Human Rights & Social Sciences

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:

  • Conducting interviews with workers/fishers/farmers and management, particularly on sensitive subjects such as forced labor or discrimination.
  • Conducting document review
  • Understanding human rights and labor rights standards
  • Understanding international, national, and local labor laws
  • Understanding root causes and connections

There are many ways to demonstrate social science experience:

  • Accredited social auditors: APSCA member in good standing, social auditor of a Conformity Assessment Boy accredited by ISO 17065 or Assurance Services International.
  • Experience implementing other social programs or certifications in the seafood industry: Fair Trade USA Capture Fisheries Standard, Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard, Seafood Task Force Vessel Auditable Standard.
  • Experience implementing other social programs or certifications outside of the seafood industry: Fair Trade USA Agriculture Production Standard, Rainforest Alliance, Equitable Food Initiative.
  • University degree in relevant social science field: Advanced degree, such as Masters or PhD preferred.
Fishery / Aquaculture 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:

  • Accreditation or approval to implement a fishery / aquaculture program, such as the Marine Stewardship Council, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, or Fishery Improvement Projects
  • University degree in relevant scientific field such as fisheries / aquaculture biology or fisheries management. Advanced degree such as a Masters or PhD preferred.
  • Experience implementing fisheries management practices, such as stock assessments and biological modelling.
  • Experience working in a commercial or subsistence wild-capture fishery or aquaculture site.
  • Experience implementing health and safety practices on vessels or at aquaculture sites.
SRA Tool Implementation

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.

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