Interim Policy on Forced Labor, Child Labor, or Human Trafficking

Below users can find FisheryProgress’ interim policy on forced labor, child labor, or human trafficking in FIPs that have FisheryProgress profiles.

In line with FisheryProgress’ mission, our goal with this interim policy is to prioritize transparency for FisheryProgress users and support for FIPs to make necessary improvements to address abuses. The policy makes use of existing systems on FisheryProgress and focuses on three of the most serious human rights abuses – forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking – and was developed with the input of the FisheryProgress advisory committee as well as several international human rights experts.

This policy will be applied to all FIPs listed on FisheryProgress for whom we receive reports of issues through the spring of 2020, while FisheryProgress works to develop a permanent policy for addressing reports of human rights abuses in FIPs.

You can view the policy here.

Please note the following about the development of the permanent policy:

  • The process will include consultation with FisheryProgress stakeholders (FIPs listed on FisheryProgress and business and NGO users of FisheryProgress) as well as convening a permanent social advisory committee to advise on the development of the policy and future issues related to human rights and social responsibility on FisheryProgress.

  • We will explore whether systems beyond FisheryProgress’ existing ones are needed to address reports of human rights abuses – including whether to require FIPs to provide a vessel list to FisheryProgress – and how to expand the policy to cover the full range of human rights abuses included in core labor standards and the Monterey Framework. We will also consider issues beyond how to respond to allegations or evidence of abuse, such as whether to create proactive screening and requirements for all FIPs or extended monitoring requirements for FIPs that have remediated abuses.

  • We will explore the idea of immediately moving FIPs with credible evidence of abuses to inactive status as we develop our permanent policy, seeking to find a long-term approach that balances the needs to not harm workers further, create accountability for FIPs to improve, and give buyers the information they need to advocate for FIPs to address human rights issues.

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