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.
From May 19 through June 30, FisheryProgress undertook an extensive feedback period on our draft permanent social policy and received feedback from nearly 250 stakeholders, including from more than 75% of FIPs currently active on FisheryProgress. The feedback spanned a wide range of opinions about the draft policy and its specific elements. Overall, many businesses and other users who rely on FisheryProgress data were supportive of the policy and welcomed the opportunity for FIPs to address human rights and labor issues more consistently. Many FIPs told us that while they appreciated the importance of protecting human rights, they had significant concerns about the time and costs required to implement the policy.
Based on this feedback, FisheryProgress has revised the draft social policy. Now, we’re asking for your feedback on the most significant revisions we’re considering, outlined here. Please note that this document focuses only on major changes to the policy that require additional feedback from the FIP community. As we finalize the policy later this year, we will also make minor changes throughout it in response to the feedback we received this summer. If useful as you look at these proposed major changes, you can view the original draft from May (which does not reflect the minor changes noted above) here.
The changes outlined in the document are proposed changes only, and we expect to revise them based on stakeholder feedback. In particular, one of the proposals outlines two options, and your feedback will be essential in selecting a final direction. 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 NGOs that represent or work directly with fishers, among others.
If you are interested in providing feedback, please review the policy in full then share your feedback via this survey by Friday, Nov. 6.
Following this round of feedback, we will finalize the policy and develop detailed implementation guidance this winter, and aim to share the final policy in March 2021.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kristin Sherwood (firstname.lastname@example.org).