Social Policy

During the past year, FisheryProgress has started to explore how to address social responsibility. In August 2019, we released our Interim Policy on Forced Labor, Child Labor, or Human Trafficking for FisheryProgress FIPs.

Since then, we’ve been working to develop a permanent social responsibility policy. To do so, FisheryProgress has facilitated a multi-stakeholder dialogue, which included consultation with our newly convened Social Advisory Committee, conversations with international human rights experts and worker representatives, a survey of FisheryProgress users, and feedback sessions with FIP leads and business users of FisheryProgress.

Now, we’re excited to share the draft policy for feedback from FisheryProgress users and the broader FIP stakeholder community. The draft policy includes a set of requirements for all FIPs reporting on FisheryProgress, voluntary reporting for FIPs that choose to exceed the minimum requirements, and a process for handling allegations of human rights abuses in FIPs. The policy is a draft and we expect to revise it based on stakeholder feedback. Our goal is to receive feedback from a diverse set of stakeholders, including FIP leads and participants; companies that source from FIPs; FIP advisors; human rights experts; and nonprofits that represent or work directly with fishers, among others.

In developing this draft policy, we tried to balance two aims: 1) to significantly reduce the risk of human rights and labor violations occurring on FIP vessels; and 2) to create a policy that will be practical for FIPs to implement. Balancing impact with practicality is challenging and we welcome your candid feedback on whether we’ve found the right balance.

You may download the draft policy here.

If you are interested in providing feedback, please review the policy in full then share your feedback via this survey by Friday, June 30.

If you are consolidating feedback from multiple people across your organization, you can download a PDF of the survey questions to collect input here then provide your feedback via the survey above.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kristin Sherwood (kristin@fishchoice.com).