Over time, we hope to build and support a global community of people working on these issues because real change is possible. If this is of interest, send us a note here.
For now, this referral hub serves as a directory to highlight on-the-ground organizations, third-party consultancies, and social experts that can help companies achieve their social responsibility goals.
FishWise promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems by providing innovative market-based tools to the seafood industry, supporting sustainability through environmentally and socially responsible business practices. For more than fifteen years, FishWise has worked closely with the seafood industry to foster leadership in sustainability. We believe that the seafood industry not only has serious impacts on the health of oceans and the welfare of its workers, but also the potential to make an enormous contribution to the health of our planet and its inhabitants. FishWise works by advancing private sector leadership, building multi-stakeholder collaboration, and producing research and knowledge. ADVANCING PRIVATE SECTOR LEADERSHIP: FishWise partners with the seafood industry to achieve some of the most ambitious responsible seafood commitments. Currently this includes partnerships with large national and regional retailers, along with independent grocery stores and mid-supply chain and producer companies. As a growing but still nimble organization, FishWise is selective in the projects it takes on, in order to maximize its capacity and ability to deliver results. BUILDING COLLABORATION AND KNOWLEDGE: FishWise sparks learning and innovation by convening government, industry, and nonprofit organizations to create new strategies for improving traceability and combating human rights abuses in seafood supply chains. We are a go-to resource for best practices, tools, and approaches recommended by diverse experts in the field. With marine and social scientists and data analysts on staff, and through strategic academic affiliations, FishWise translates leading-edge scientific information into pragmatic recommendations for a range of seafood stakeholders.
Southeast Asia: Southern Asia: Eastern Asia: Western Asia: Central Asia: Oceania: North America: South America: Central America: Caribbean: Eastern Africa: Western Africa: Southern Africa: Northern Africa: Middle Africa: Eastern Europe: Northern Europe: Southern Europe: Western Europe: Australia and New Zealand: Melanesia: Micronesia: Polynesia
supply chain mapping: risk assessment: certifications: social audits: freedom of association: training: multi-stakeholder initiative: government policy: traceability: policy and commitment creation: supplier code of conduct: legal: advocacy: research
Assent Compliance is the global leader in supply chain data management, providing companies with SaaS solutions that manage third-party data to protect corporate brands, increase market accessibility, and reduce operational and financial risk. By combining leading-edge technology with extensive supply chain expertise, we deliver solutions to help companies identify and assess risk in their supply chains, and manage their data with increased efficiency. We provide thought leadership on regulatory issues and best practices through our involvement with a variety of industry bodies, associations and organizations. Through our work with the Social Responsibility Alliance, we are helping to create open-source tools that facilitate the collection of responsible sourcing data, and provide the resources and support companies need to create socially responsible supply chains.
North America: Eastern Europe: Northern Europe: Southern Europe: Western Europe: Australia and New Zealand
The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions is a community of organizations that believe seafood production is a powerful driver of change for the health and biodiversity of our oceans and the economic and social well-being of individuals and communities around the world. The Alliance has developed a shared understanding of the changes that need to happen to successfully transform the seafood supply chain, and works together to accelerate and increase the collective impact of the sustainable seafood community. In 2008, businesses were just getting started with sustainable seafood. That year, the Conservation Alliance released the Common Vision, a roadmap with six steps companies can take to develop and implement sustainable seafood policies. We have made progress in our first ten years. Global fishing and aquaculture practices have started to shift toward more environmentally sustainable practices, and there is a growing effort to incorporate social and financial responsibility into seafood production as well. But we still have lots of work to do. The challenges facing our oceans and the people who depend on them were continuing to grow, and the Alliance recognizes the urgent need to foster large-scale change as fast as possible. The Conservation Alliance community works together to identify areas where multiple organizations are working, identify areas where no one is working, and to ensure that everyone who works to influence the seafood supply chain is included, and is a global hub for information-sharing, networking and problem-solving. We ground all of our decisions about work priorities in data and use that data to track our shared progress.
Eastern Asia: North America: Northern Europe
certifications: multi-stakeholder initiative: policy and commitment creation
For over 30 years, CI has been protecting nature for the benefit of global humanity. We do this through science, policy and partnerships with countries, communities and companies. Our oceans program is committed to sustainable production, ensuring that seafood is environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. We have invested significant effort in functioning as a catalyst and convener on social responsibility, driving alignment among organizations that work with businesses, governments, and civil society groups involved in the seafood sector on a shared definition and collective action plan for progress: and developing a strong and diverse community of practice, comprised of environmental and social nonprofit organizations, academic researchers, consultants, and other key experts.
Southeast Asia: Eastern Asia: Oceania: South America: Eastern Africa: Western Africa: Southern Africa: Australia and New Zealand: Micronesia: Polynesia
worker engagement: supply chain mapping: risk assessment: social audits: research: food and livelihood security: equity and equality
EJF conducts detailed field-based investigations, coupled with extensive background research to inform high-level advocacy directed at policy makers and key industry stake-holders. In some circumstances, EJF will provide specialist training and support, both to Government and civil society. We work in collaboration with a diverse range of stake-holders.
Southeast Asia: Southern Asia: Eastern Asia: Western Asia: Western Africa:
worker engagement: supply chain mapping: risk assessment: certifications: social audits: grievance: remedy: training: multi-stakeholder initiative: government policy: traceability: policy and commitment creation: supplier code of conduct: advocacy: research: food and livelihood security: equity and equality: OTHER: Interactions between environmental security and human rights
In 2014, Fair Trade USA launched its Seafood program in an effort to bring the benefits of Fair Trade to fishermen, fish farmers, and seafood processing workers. Through Fair Trade certification and improved market access, the Seafood program aims to build strong communities by ensuring financially stable families, safe working conditions, access to services through community development premium investments, and biologically healthy ecosystems. Fair Trade's standards use a step-wise approach that requires improvement of social, economic, and environmental conditions over time, benefiting both communities and the natural ecosystems upon which they depend.
Southeast Asia: Oceania: North America: South America: Central America
worker engagement: certifications: social audits: recruitment: grievance: freedom of association: equity and equality
Fortify Rights supports human rights defenders and affected communities by investigating human rights violations and engaging people with power on solutions. Our work is focused on bringing laws and practices in line with human rights standards to ensure human rights for all.
The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard operates under a third party accredited certification system worldwide. All stages of production must be certified: feed, seedlings, farming and post-harvest activities. The main pillars for responsible sourcing are covered: food safety (only standard recognized for food safety at farm level): environment and biodiversity, animal welfare, occupational health & safety and workers´ welfare. This last aspect is verified through the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practices - GRASP. It serves as an initial evaluation of the social performance and may avoid unnecessary social audits - which brings high costs of certification. It covers everyone on the farm: permanent employees and seasonal workers. Main core areas include worker representation: fair and regular wages: no child labor: schooling for all children living on the farm: no discrimination. The outcome is transparently available to the market participants.
Southeast Asia: Oceania: North America: South America: Central America: Northern Europe: Southern Europe: Western Europe: Australia and New Zealand
Human Rights at Sea’ mission is to explicitly raise awareness, implementation and accountability of human rights provisions throughout the maritime environment, especially where they are currently absent, ignored or being abused. We promote human rights (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) for seafarers, fishermen and others involved in working at sea throughout the world by all or any of the following means: 1. Increasing global awareness of the explicit requirement for protection of, respect for and provision of effective remedies for human rights abuses at sea through international advocacy, the publishing of case studies and where applicable, the provision of teaching materials. 2. Contributing to the international development of effective, enforceable and accountable remedies for human rights abuses at sea. 3. Investigating and monitoring abuses of Human Rights at Sea. 4. Developing the 2011 UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the maritime environment.5. Commenting on and supporting proposed national and international human rights legislation, policies and best practice, where applicable. Human Rights at Sea has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2014.
Southeast Asia: Southern Asia: Oceania: North America: Caribbean: Eastern Africa: Western Africa: Southern Africa: Northern Africa: Middle Africa: Northern Europe: Southern Europe: Western Europe: Australia and New Zealand: Micronesia: Polynesia
maritime human rights: human rights at sea: advocacy: lobbying: government policy: investigation: education