Human rights abuses occur in food production systems and their supply chains around the world, including the seafood industry. Although our scientific assessments don't incorporate those issues, we recognize the severity of the problem and the importance of finding solutions to protect people and the environment. Accordingly, we're working with human rights experts—including many of the organizations listed below—to better identify abuses and what you can do.
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is a UK-based nonprofit organization working internationally to protect the environment and defend human rights.
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 nonprofit 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.
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.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). The ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights, pursuing its founding mission that labor peace is essential to prosperity.
The Seafood Slavery Risk Tool produces a rating indicating the likelihood that human trafficking, forced labor and hazardous child labor are occurring on fishing boats in a specific fishery. The tool incorporates information from a variety of accurate, credible reports by authoritative institutions (U.S. government reports, EU and UN reports) and civil society organizations (universities, NGOs and media outlets) that are available in the public domain.
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.
The Sustainability Incubator helps companies to address social and environmental issues in sourcing seafood. Its Labor Safe Screen program scans for risks of forced labor and identifies human rights conditions in seafood supply chains.
Verité is a U.S.-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.