Support for the Policy

Below are statements of support from businesses, nonprofit organizations, certification bodies, and other community members for the FisheryProgress Human Rights and Social Responsibility Policy. You can learn more about FIPs that are already meeting the policy’s requirements here.

Businesses

Conducting human rights due diligence is key to ensuring that the seafood Tesco sells is caught by fishers whose rights and safety are protected. FisheryProgress’ new Human Rights and Social Responsibility Policy is a major step forward in providing credible information about human rights risks in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and the actions FIPs are taking to address those risks. This information will be an essential contribution to our due diligence efforts and enable us to support FIPs that are working to improve both their social and environmental performance.

Andy Hickman, head of human rights—food and procurement at Tesco

The Big Prawn Company only sells seafood that we have assessed to be environmentally sustainable and socially responsible, or engaged in a credible improvement process designed to reach those goals. We welcome the new FisheryProgress policy on human rights, because it will ensure FIPs are addressing human rights risks alongside environmental challenges. We are committed to supporting the FIPs that we buy from to meet the policy requirements and report transparently on FisheryProgress. This information will make a significant contribution to our human rights due diligence efforts.

William Rash, managing director at The Big Prawn Company

Iberostar believes that for seafood to be truly sustainable, we must address both environmental and social challenges. Many companies, like Iberostar, have long standing policies on promoting social responsibility across their supply chain. Yet as the seafood industry understands, there is still much more work to be done. We welcome FisheryProgress’ new policy, as it will support FIPs to improve both their environmental and social performance, and provide seafood buyers like us with valuable information to better inform our sourcing decisions. As a member of FisheryProgress’ Advisory Committee, we also look forward to learning alongside the FIP community during the first year of policy implementation.

Dr. Megan Morikawa, global director of sustainability at Iberostar Group

Nonprofit Organizations

FisheryProgress’ Human Rights and Social Responsibility policy sends a strong signal that the sustainable seafood organizations are taking carefully considered measures to safeguard the rights of fishers and workers. The final version of the policy strikes a good balance, reducing the risk of human rights violations without creating an excessive burden on FIP implementers.

Cecilia Blasco, executive director of SmartFish

The social policy is a much needed collective first step towards identifying, addressing and rewarding social sustainability in fishery improvement projects. It allows us to both recognize the existing, strong social work in many of our projects, while also highlighting areas of opportunity in others.

Perry Broderick, communications and systems director of Ocean Outcomes

True sustainability means the natural ecosystem, human resources and financial investments cannot be over-exploited and exhausted. It is natural that fishery improvement projects would evolve to include indicators to address human dignity in fisheries. We welcome this FisheryProgress initiative and we fully commit to testing these new indicators in the FIPs that we are running.

Ernesto Godelman, chairman and founder, CeDePesca

FishWise applauds Fishery Progress's efforts to integrate human rights considerations into the FIP model. We look forward to a future in which FIPs and all other seafood operations uphold the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence programs that involve meaningful engagement with workers and other local stakeholders.

Lori Bishop, social responsibility division director at FishWise

While FIPs have made progress in tackling environmental sustainability in fisheries, the human dimension of sustainability has been widely neglected. Across the vast majority of small-scale fisheries, a FIP's success is dependent on delivering tangible benefits to the people reliant on the fishery for their livelihoods. By ensuring that FIPs assess and address any potential risks to human rights in the fishery, the FisheryProgress Human Rights and Social Responsibility Policy is a step in the right direction towards a more holistic FIP model.

Lovasoa Cédrique Augustave, Fisheries Programme Coordinator & FIP Lead in Southwest Madagascar, Blue Ventures

Certification Bodies

The Marine Stewardship Council condemns the use of forced or child labour and recognises the importance of social issues in fisheries. The MSC supports global efforts to eradicate labour abuses in fisheries and seafood supply chains and requires fisheries to be transparent around their labour practices. FisheryProgress’ new Human Rights and Social Responsibility policy will increase the consistency and transparency of actions that Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) take to address human rights risks. Fisheries on the path to sustainability that adhere to this policy will be well placed to meet MSC’s certification requirement on forced and child labour.

Yemi Oloruntuyi, head of social policy at the Marine Stewardship Council

Global Seafood Assurances is delighted to see social criteria being integrated into fishery improvement projects. We know this is a critical part of responsible seafood as we have demonstrated in our aquaculture and vessel standards. We very much look forward to working with FisheryProgress to help integrate social criteria and build even greater value in FIPs.

Melanie Siggs, European director of Global Seafood Assurances

Other Stakeholders

The FisheryProgress Human Rights and Social Responsibility Policy introduces a fishery social performance assessment and improvement framework that is a practical approach and adds value to the FIP model. It is a welcome advance in the consideration of fishers’ needs within fishery sustainability” said Iain Pollard, Director of Key Traceability “Using the Social Responsibility Assessment Tool means that social improvement actions can be based on actual issues present in the fishery, thus ensuring improvements that directly benefit fishers while preparing the fishing companies to meet buyer standards and social audits.

Iain Pollard, director of Key Traceability