Resources for Social Responsibility

FisheryProgress has compiled the templates and resources below to support FIPs in taking steps to address human rights risks and other social responsibility challenges in their fisheries.

FisheryProgress Social Responsibility Templates and Tools



Templates for all required and voluntary social responsibility documents can be found here.

Qualifications for Social Responsibility and Human Rights Consultants

The risk assessment and social workplan development must be undertaken by a qualified individual or team.

Review the qualifications for conducting risk assessments and creating social workplans here.

External Resources

An increasing number of organizations are addressing social responsibility in fisheries and FisheryProgress coordinates closely with these organizations to avoid duplication of effort. Please see below for a selection of external resources.

Grievance Mechanisms

Per the Social Responsibility Policy, all FIPs must demonstrate there is a grievance mechanism available to all fishers in the FIP. The below resources are intended to support FIPs to identify, develop, and implement grievance mechanisms.

Download guidance and tools for grievance mechanisms at the below links:

Social Responsibility Assessment Tool (SRA)

The SRA was created as a diagnostic, benchmarking, or risk-assessment tool for conducting social due diligence in seafood supply chains. This resource is designed to help FIPs assess risks of social issues, uncover critical information gaps, identify areas in need of improvement, and inform the development of a social workplan. The SRA serves as the framework for FIPs to report on social performance on FisheryProgress.

Access the SRA and a variety of related supporting resources on the RISE platform here.

SRA Equivalency Guides for FIPs with Existing Third Party Social Audits/Certifications

FIPs that conduct social assessments via other social certifications and standards may use their third party audit data to complete a risk assessment. The conditions for doing so are outlined in the Social Review Guidelines.

ELEVATE is currently working with the standard holders of several of the most commonly used social certifications and audit programs to develop equivalency guides. The following programs are currently being pursued for mapping against the SRA:

If you’d like to see an equivalency guide on a standard/certification not covered here, please contact

Roadmap For Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE)

The Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE), a project of FishWise, is a free resource tailored to meet the needs of seafood companies. It provides industry-relevant information and tools, coupled with connections to human rights experts and leading practitioners to support implementation. RISE features:

  • Eight clear and practical steps with actionable guidance to maximize impact.
  • Information on three foundational issues common across the seafood industry: Responsible Recruitment, Worker Engagement, and Decent Work at Sea.
  • Best practices for assessing risk, remediating issues, building capacity with suppliers, and communicating company successe
  • Online lessons and educational materials to empower companies to get started or accelerate their journey.
  • A self-assessment tool to direct companies to the most relevant information.

Visit RISE here.

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