A fishery improvement project uses the power of the private sector to address challenges in a fishery. As the number of FIPs around the world has grown rapidly, businesses and conservation organizations need an easier way to access consistent, reliable information about FIP progress.
FisheryProgress Interim Policy on Forced Labor, Child Labor, or Human Trafficking Update. August 2019. In line with FisheryProgress’ mission, this interim policy aims to prioritize transparency for FisheryProgress users and support for FIPs to make necessary improvements to address abuses. The policy makes use of existing systems on FisheryProgress and focuses on three of the most serious human rights abuses – forced labour, child labour, and human trafficking – and was developed with the input of the FisheryProgress advisory committee as well as several international human rights experts. This policy applied to all FIPs listed on FisheryProgress for whom they received reports of issues through the spring of 2020, while FisheryProgress was working to develop a permanent policy for addressing reports of human rights abuses in FIPs.
This is linked to a Social Policy Assessment Tool. This is useful as a diagnostic or rapid assessment tool – to assess risk of social issues, to identify areas in need of improvement, and to inform the development of a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) work plan that includes a social element.
In June 2020 FisheryProgress’ issued a draft social policy for consultation. The draft policy aims to significantly reduce the risk of human rights and labour violations occurring on FIP vessels and create a policy that would be practical for FIPs to implement. Further changes were proposed based on the feedback received and a second consultation was launched in October 2020.
Significance for seafood businesses:
Sourcing seafood that is accredited to a standard that has a social component provides reassurance that the seafood you are purchasing has been independently verified concerning social issues.
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