The public, industry and media are becoming increasingly aware of the human rights abuses that occur in supply chains throughout the world, including seafood supply chains. Seafood Watch assesses the environmental sustainability of fisheries and fish farms, and though our scientific assessments do not incorporate social issues, we acknowledge that addressing human rights abuses globally is critical to ensuring the long term viability of the industry.
Who’s Working on the Issue
The following non-profit organizations are working on these issues and we encourage you to reach out to them to learn more about their work and available resources. We encourage consumers to consider the information available regarding both social and environmental issues affecting the seafood supply chain and make decisions that reflect their personal values.
Environmental Justice Foundation
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is a UK- based non-profit organization working internationally to protect the environment and defend human rights.
Fair Trade USA
A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Fair Trade USA is adapting its certification process to apply to fisheries in the global South.
FishWise is a non-profit conservation organization that promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems by providing innovative market-based tools to the seafood industry. In 2014, FishWise released a comprehensive white paper on human rights issues in the seafood industry, which can be found here.
Humanity United is a foundation committed to building peace and advancing human freedom. Humanity United leads and supports efforts to lift up the voices and will of people, ensure good governance and the rule of law, and engage markets and businesses as a force for chance.
International Labor Organization (ILO)
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). The ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity.
Solidaridad is an international organization dedicated to responsible food production to feed the growing world population and to providing the world with an alternative to fossil fuels like oil and gas.
Verité is a US—‐based nonprofit consulting, training, research and advocacy organization that works around the world with companies, workers and other stakeholders to improve supply chain labor conditions across all sectors of the global economy, including seafood.