Social Accountability: Managing Risk In Fisheries, Vessels, Ports And Processing Plants

Opening Remarks8:00 am to 8:05 am

In this session, speakers will break down the supply chain into four key areas — fisheries, vessels, ports and processing plants — and examine each area for social risk, as risks vary from nutrition needs and access for livelihoods to worker safety, poor working conditions, poor recruitment and training, and modern slavery. Together, the wild seafood community can build trust and integrity while catalyzing change for good in supply chains while improving social accountability.

  • Moderator:  Melanie Siggs Global Seafood Alliance
Marine Stewardship Council: The Social Dimension8:05 am to 8:25 am

The Marine Stewardship Council was established with a primary focus on the ecological sustainability of fisheries. There is, nonetheless, embedded within the program a recognition of the human and social dimension of fishing. From requirements within the fisheries standard for inclusiveness and respect for the established rights of those dependent on fishing for food and livelihood through to the socio-economic benefits of certification that manifest as access to new markets or price premiums, the social component of fishing has been a fundamental part of the MSC’s theory of change. The last few years have seen growing concern at the treatment of workers on board fishing vessels. MSC’s Yemi Oloruntuyi accounts how her organization has evolved its program in response, by developing policies to ensure the exclusion of egregious abuse from its certification program, with some of the key tools employed, including enhanced transparency of measures to mitigate forced and child labor in certified fisheries and collaborative partnerships with supply chain labor standards organizations.

  • Speaker:  Yemi Oloruntuyi Marine Stewardship Council
Fishing Vessel Improvement Program And Code Of Conduct: Working With Suppliers8:25 am to 8:45 am

Tracy Cambridge of Thai Union Group (Europe) provides an overview of SeaChange, the company’s global sustainability strategy. She then shares her experience managing Thai Union’s Vessel Code of Conduct, a third-party audited vessel improvement program and code of conduct that involves regular third-party audits.

  • Speaker:  Tracy Cambridge Thai Union Group
Intermission8:45 am to 9:00 am

Sponsor videos and trivia.

Social Responsibility In Ports: Policies And Tools Available To Seafood Buyers9:00 am to 9:20 am

Huw Thomas of 3 Pillars Seafood Ltd. (and formally of leading UK retailer Morrisons) discusses social responsibility at ports where fish is landed. His presentation focuses on what risk looks like and the policies and tools available to seafood buyers to reduce, identify and eliminate these risks from their supply sources.

  • Speaker:  Huw Thomas 3 Pillars Seafood Ltd.
Social Responsibility In Seafood Processing9:20 am to 9:40 am

Nigel Edwards of Hilton Foods presents on social responsibility in seafood processing plants. He explores the process of evaluating supply chains and provides examples of the issues that are typically found. He highlights the impact of COVID-19, touches upon how transparency can be improved and discusses what can be done to improve the lives and opportunities for seafood workers.

  • Speaker:  Nigel Edwards Hilton Food Group
Closing Remarks9:40 am to 9:45 am
  • Moderator:  Melanie Siggs Global Seafood Alliance