The Seafood Ethics Common Language Group

The Seafood Ethics Common Language Group has been set up by Seafish to bring together all sectors of the seafood supply chain to provide a collective response to growing concerns regarding unethical practices within the global seafood market.

Seafish facilitates and provides the secretariat for the group which met for the first time in July 2014. Participants include retailers, foodservice, processors, environmental non-governmental organisations, development organisations and charities and the catching sector. The group membership is international.

The aim of the Seafood Ethics Common Language Group is to establish a common understanding of ethical issues impacting on the seafood supply chain, to communicate the work currently going on to address them, and agree a clear agenda for future action.

Meetings are held twice a year. The presentations and minutes from these meetings can be found below. The most recent meeting was on Wednesday 24 January 2018. The presentations are below and the minutes will follow in due course. The next meeting is on Wednesday 11 July 2018 in London.

The Terms of Reference (May 2015) can be found here

Social responsibility is a key work area for Seafish. As well as faciliating the Seafood Ethics Common Language Group Seafish is working in a number of key areas to address this issue including: Outreach activities; a project to assess ethical issues in the UK supply chain; the Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS) and the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS).

See our Ethics in Seafood web page for more details on this work and to download Seafish briefing papers.

For further information on the group, or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Karen Green.

Presentations from 24 January 2018 Seafood Ethics CLG meeting:

The recruitment pathway. Scottish White Fish Producers Association
Non-EAA nationals working in the Northern Ireland fishing industry. SeaSource
UK implementation of ILO 188. Maritime and Coastguard Agency
New Labour Market Enforcement Strategy. Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Agency
Clearview certification for labour recruiters. Association of Labour Providers
Eliminating recruitment and employment fees. Hannah Newcomb, Consultant
Progress on the Food Network for Ethical Trade. FNET
Marine Stewardship Council labour policy update. MSC
Documenting social sustainability in the Norwegian wild capture fisheries. Nofima
Seafish certification: moving from assurance to engagement on social issues. Birgitte Poulsen, Consultant
Responsible Fishing Scheme update. Seafish

Presentations from 11 July 2017 Seafood Ethics CLG meeting:

Global Slavery Index, supply chain transparency and mandatory reporting. Walk Free Foundation
The Keystone Dialogues. Shona Russell
Seafood Stewardship Index. Index Initiative
Cape Town Agreement. Pew Trusts
Implementation of ILO 188 in the UK. Maritime and Coastguard Agency
The truth is out there - bringing visibility. Liberty Asia
PAS 1550. Exercising due diligence on fishery and seafood products. World Wildlife Fund/Environmental Justice Foundation
Multi Stakeholder Initiatives. Elevate
HRRTS and the Responsible Fishing Scheme. Seafish 

Presentations from 25 January 2017 Seafood Ethics CLG meeting:

The new role for the Gangmasters Licensing Authority - GLA
Project Scale's work in relation to human trafficking - Interpol
The work of the International Labour Organisation - ILO
The work of the Apostleship of the Sea - AoS 
The work of the International Transport Workers' Federation - ITF
The Stronger Together approach - Stronger Together
Clearview Global Labour Provider Certification Scheme - David Camp
Seafish Seafood Human Rights Risk Tool (SHRRT) - Seafish
Seafish Tools for Ethical Seafood Sourcing (TESS) - Seafish
Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) - Seafish

Presentations from 21 July 2016 Seafood Ethics CLG meeting:

Speaking a common language - Ethical Trading Initiative/Anti-Slavery International
Risk assessment and supply chain mapping - Seafish
Update on the Responsible Fishing Scheme - Seafish
Assessing Government and business responses to the Thai seafood crisis - Josh Stride, Consultant
The Issara Institute - Roger Plant, Issara Institute Chair
Shrimp Sustainable Supply Chain Task Force - Dominique Gautier, SeaFarms
Human trafficking victims on fishing vessels - National Crime Agency
Atypical Worker's Scheme in Ireland - Garda National Protective Services Bureau
Central registry for business transparency statements - Unseen
Business and human rights - Human Rights at Sea

Presentations from 10 February 2016 Seafood Ethics CLG meeting:

Synopsis of Social Responsibility in Seafood workshop in Malta - Seafish
Update on the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme - Seafish
Media reporting on human rights issues - Seafish
Government Task Force on non EEA workers in the Irish fishing industry - BIM
Recent developments in the UK - Fishermen's Mission
Update on the Modern Slavery Act - Home Office
Reporting on modern slavery - Ergon Associates

Seafood Ethics CLG minutes

Seafood Ethics CLG. July 2017
Seafood Ethics CLG. January 2017
Seafood Ethics CLG. July 2016
Seafood Ethics CLG. February 2016
Seafood Ethics CLG. July 2015
Seafood Ethics CLG. January 2015
Ethics Working Group meeting notes (focus on human trafficking and slave labour in the Thai seafood industry) - July 2014