The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative addresses Social Labour Standards and IUU

At this year’s Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)’s Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) and the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) announced their collaboration to provide a benchmark and recognition tool for social compliance schemes in the seafood sector. Similar to GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool, the SSCI Benchmark will allow the industry to have access to a list of credible, robust auditing and certification programs. In close collaboration, the two organisations will develop a social compliance benchmark that takes into account the specifications of the seafood sector and the special nature of work in food harvesting, will be underpinned by ILO Conventions and Recommendations and UN Guiding Principles, and is aligned with the CGF’s Priority Industry Principles on Forced Labour. Additionally, GSSI announced their commitment to strengthen their partnership with the FAO by working together to address I.U.U. GSSI will explore ways to promote private sector uptake of the following FAO instruments: FAO Global Registry of Vessels, FAO PSMA and FAO Catch Documentation Scheme.