SECLG: Worker-Driven Social Responsibility (WSR) | Seafish

SECLG: Worker-Driven Social Responsibility (WSR)

Date: 19 April 2023

Time: 14:00 - 15:30

Location: Online

Email Karen Green to register for this event
This meeting will explore how this model works in other sectors, and how it could work for the seafood industry in the UK and elsewhere.

Worker-Driven Social Responsibility (WSR) is a new and evolving model for tackling workplace abuse and exploitation in corporate supply chains. The WSR model is built on the understanding that, in order to achieve meaningful and lasting improvements, human rights protections in corporate supply chains must be worker-driven, enforcement-focused, and based on legally binding commitments that assign responsibility for improving working conditions to the global corporations at the top of those supply chains.

The defining feature of WSR, compared to other models for tackling labour abuse and exploitation in corporate supply chains, is that it provides a way of addressing the power imbalance not only between workers and their direct employers, but also between buyers and suppliers.

WSR has already been tested in protecting workers in highly challenging contexts in different parts of the world and in different sectors. This meeting will explore how this model works in other sectors, and look at the adaptability of the model to the UK context, and how it could work for the seafood industry in the UK and elsewhere.

Event Programme

Introductions and general housekeeping
Applying the WSR model to seafood in the UK - how the partnership originated and why WSR could be right for the UK.
  • Jessica Sparks, University of Nottingham Rights Lab.
WSR and how it works.
  • WSR and how it works. Greg Asbed, Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Fair Food Standards Council.
How Trade Unions view WSR.
  • Chris Williams, International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).
How this model could work in the UK.
  • Mike Park, Scottish White Fish Producers Association (SWFPA).
Event ends

How to register

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Seafood Issues Groups

The SECLG is one of a number of Seafish-facilitated discussion forums which focus on the integrity of the seafood supply chain. These groups provide a discussion platform for some of the most important issues facing the seafood industry, particularly in relation to the responsible sourcing of seafood. They are an opportunity for all those involved in the seafood supply chain to reach a consensus on common issues.

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