International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) — Seafish

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)
ILRF works with allies and networks around the world to demand dignity and justice for workers.

ILRF works with allies and networks around the world (labour unions, consumer activists, religious and community-based organisations, human rights organisations, and student groups) to demand dignity and justice for workers.

Based in Washington, D.C., the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) is a policy advocacy organisation fighting to end child labour, forced labour, and discrimination and promoting workers’ rights to organise and secure safe and decent working conditions. ILRF advocates for government and corporate policies that enable workers to claim their rights at work. Through a broad network of grassroots allies, ILRF amplifies the voices of frontline labour rights defenders and connects workers in developing countries with consumer activists worldwide. ILRF coordinates a working group of nearly 30 human rights, labour and environmental organisations that share strategies and coordinate actions to promote environmental and social sustainability within seafood supply chains. It is particularly interested in developing and promoting worker-led accountability mechanisms to document and resolve labour abuses in factories and on fishing vessels.

Independent Monitoring at Sea (IM@Sea)

In May 2018 the ILRF released a 63-page study documenting a pilot project which trialled a new technology platform designed to collect and report on working conditions at sea. The project, dubbed Independent Monitoring at Sea (IM@Sea), is a technology package with the combined capabilities of vessel monitoring, electronic catch reporting, and electronic video monitoring.

Time for Change. 21 April 2020.

According to the ILRF Time for Change report labour unions have emerged as the voice for migrant fishermen in Southeast Asia. Despite legal and corporate barriers, trade unions are starting to give migrant seafood workers a greater voice in Thailand and across Southeast Asia – enabling them to combat the subpar working conditions that persist on fishing vessels and in seafood processing facilities

Significance for seafood businesses:

Not seafood-specific, but do work in this sector. Useful for awareness as an organisation working to support the industry, and improve governance, safety and welfare within the global seafood industry.


Works with Migrant Workers’ Rights Network (MWRN).

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