The human rights abuses and risks component of the tool draws on publicly available data from a range of organizations and websites to create a country-level snapshot of human rights abuses and risk factors.
The tool features 92 countries, territories, and autonomous regions (referred to collectively as “countries” for shorthand purposes). These were selected because they contribute at least 0.1% by volume to global seafood production (excluding seaweed). Collectively, the 92 countries produce 98.5% of global seafood by volume (excluding seaweed).
The Certification & Ratings Collaboration may adjust the criterion for country selection in the future.
The tool draws from multiple data sources from around the world to provide information on evidence of forced labor, child labor and human trafficking or existing risk factors. While there is not a single source that can offer a complete picture of the social impact of seafood production, the compilation of the data in one place allows you to better understand the evidence of abuses or risk factors that exist in a country, compare countries, and draw your own conclusions based on available data. This tool is unique because it focuses on information that is specific to the seafood sector, and includes fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood processing.
Sources of evidence of forced labor, child labor, and/or human trafficking in seafood include:
Risk factors include:
If a country has evidence of forced labor, child labor, and/or human trafficking in seafood and there are civil society organization reports documenting human rights abuses, those are listed on the country profile as an additional source of information.
The criteria for these civil society organization reports is that they are credible, public reports documenting evidence of human rights abuses within the past five years in one or more of the country’s seafood sectors.
The Certification & Ratings Collaboration does not endorse the contents of any report listed on the site, but does confirm that the report meets its criteria for inclusion.