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.
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.
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.
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.
Plan International Thailand has been working with communities, civil society and the government to advance children’s rights and gender equality since 1981. Much of Thailand is well developed, however, there are a number of marginalized groups such as children of migrant workers and stateless people who our work is focused on. Our key areas of work include: Gender justice and women’s empowerment: Strengthening the participation and leadership capacity of girls and women so they can make informed decisions about their lives and reach their potential. Children on the move: Ensuring migrant children can exercise their rights to education, health care and protection. Legal status and citizenship: Helping stateless people, particularly girls, to exercise their rights and access services so they can achieve a better quality of life.
Naturland is one of the major international associations for organic agriculture and promotes organic farming worldwide. Currently over 65,000 farmers, bee-keepers, fish farmers and fishers in 58 countries are working according to the Naturland Standards. The Naturland organic agriculture certification program is unique in that, unlike other organic certifications (e.g. the USDA’s National Organic), Naturland has included social responsibility into the standard with equal weight. In November 2006, the Naturland Assembly of Delegates adopted the first Standards for Sustainable Capture Fishery. The Naturland Wildfish certification standards approach sustainability holistically and include ecological, social, and environmental dimensions. Naturland Wildfish Social Responsibility standards include: – respect of basic human rights as listed in UN conventions and ILO conventions and/or recommendations, – freedom to accept or reject employment, -freedom of association and/or access to trade unions, – equal treatment and opportunities, – the complete absence of child labor, – basic health and safety provisions, – employment contracts, – fair wages, – payment in kind, – fair working hours, and – basic coverage for maternity, sickness, and retirement.
Liberty Shared aims to prevent human trafficking through: strategic research: capture and application of information and data: legal advocacy: technological interventions: and strategic collaborations with NGOs, corporations, and financial institutions. Liberty Shared is using its systemic approach to combat slavery and environmental crimes in the fishing industry. This is done by: using research of industry structure and dynamics and the support of the financial sector: sharing key counter-trafficking data and best practices with strategic partners and industry, and channeling intelligence on slavery activities with the corporate community: championing legal and regulatory developments that obligate industry responses to receipt of new information, and improving the understanding of victim identification and protection: creating slavery education and awareness programs to enact change in all sectors of society: collaboration with database providers in the financial sector to share information relevant to anti-money laundering risk and compliance.
The Labor Safe Screen is designed to help seafood companies identify and reduce the risk of slavery in their supply chains. It is a 5-part framework for seafood buyers, sellers and traders to use to reduce risks in work in the seafood sector. It includes supply chain mapping, risk identification based on findings by competent authorities, surveys to collect proof of protective conditions in the workplace, and support for implementing the minimum requirements in international law (code of conduct, universal contract, grievance mechanism, and disclosure of efforts). It includes a tiered approach for screening a large number of products. Combining data from suppliers and workers is a key feature. Users of the Labor Safe Screen manage risks with quantitative scoring and produce positive coverage for their goods and the people making them.
The ILO SEA Fisheries Project aims to reduce human trafficking and labour exploitation in fisheries by strengthening coordination and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of existing national and regional level anti-trafficking efforts in South East Asia. Our project aims include coordinating multi-stakeholder action plans, perform in-depth research in order to fill knowledge gaps, measure progress, and enhance overall communication within the regional fisheries industry.
The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job and greater equity at work and in their community. Allied with the AFL-CIO and working with 400-plus labor unions, NGOs, human rights defenders and community groups, the Solidarity Center assists workers across the globe as, together, they fight discrimination, exploitation and the systems that entrench poverty. It supports programs‰ÛÓe.g., trainings, education campaigns, legal aid, research and transparency initiative‰ÛÓthat help workers understand and exercise their rights, improve their working and living conditions, and build independent unions, including in the fishing and seafood sectors. The Solidarity Center has issued several publications on the fish and seafood sector, including: The Plight of Shrimp-Processing Workers of Southwestern Bangladesh (2012), Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Migrant Fishing Boat Workers in Thailand (2009), and The True Cost of Shrimp (2008).