Verité Responsible Sourcing Tool — Seafish

Verité Responsible Sourcing Tool

Responsible sourcing tool from Verité.

The Responsible Sourcing Tool is a new website created to help visualize and understand the risks of human trafficking in supply chains as well as the mechanisms to implement effective management systems to detect, prevent, and combat trafficking. The website is meant to introduce users to the issues and risks associated with human trafficking in supply chains and encourage users to explore the issues in more depth. Posing the right questions about the origins and inputs of seafood suppliers builds accountability and coverage for this issue. Doing this systematically will reduce risks geometrically and show due diligence to investors, regulators and customers. There are also a couple of tools that specifically look at risk assessment (see link below).

  • Sample code of conduct. Sourcing policy should refer to human rights and expectations of suppliers.
  • Sample social responsibility agreement for seafood supply chains. Formally records the commitment of a subcontractor, supplier or agent to conform to a customer’s code of conduct and applicable legal requirements.
  • Criteria for screening and evaluating labour recruitment candidates. Identify and exercise due diligence in terms of worker employment, particularly if using agencies or labour recruiters/brokers. If you engage a labour recruiter, regularly monitor the recruiter’s performance against your code of conduct and legal requirements.
  • Sample seafood supplier / subcontractor self-assessment. Ask questions of your own business and that of subcontractors to gather key information on supply chain social responsibility. This helps to assess your own as well as current and prospective suppliers for potential risks.
  • Conducting migrant worker interviews. Develop worker interview questionnaires to help auditors to identify possible causes of abuse or recruit induced issues at company supplier or subcontractor facilities.
  • Sample supply chain assurance programme. Processes a company could implement to identify where cases of human trafficking may occur in supply chains. Identify issues to address, implement solutions, and monitor supplier performance.
  • Seafood sector compliance plan template. Refers only to compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (USA).

Significance for seafood businesses: 

Seafood-specific with a whole host of resources including providing guidance to businesses on which seafood to purchase. Useful for awareness as an organisation working to support the industry, and improve governance, safety and welfare within the global seafood industry. There are various tools and guidance notes available which are free to use which will help buyers manage their supply chain and make a more informed judgement on the risks they face when sourcing seafood.

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