Overview of Collaboration Member Social Responsibility Tools
The Certification and Ratings Collaboration includes five member programs with a range of tools and resources that support different elements of businesses’ social responsibility efforts. In particular, many of these tools and resources can serve as an input to the human rights due diligence process:
Risk tools offer high-level information that is a starting point for learning about human rights issues in seafood and prioritizing deeper investigation in specific supply chains.Examples: SFP’s Human Rights Risk Indicators, MBA’s Seafood Social Risk Tool profiles, ASC’s Country Risk Scorecard, Certification and Ratings Collaboration’s Sustainable Seafood Data Tool
Certification program requirements and processes:Help seafood producers address social responsibility in their operations by educating them about key issues, assessing their performance, and requiring improvement over time.
Examples: ASC’s farm standards, feed standard and certification process; FTUSA’s standards and certification process
Provide verified information to seafood buyers about human rights abuses and other social issues that are occuring in specific fisheries or farms, what caused the issues, and the actions needed or being undertaken to address the issues.
Examples: ASC’s audit reports published for every certified farm and feed mill; MSC-certified fisheries’ self-reporting on efforts to mitigate the risk of forced or child labor
Research and data provided by Collaboration members contributes to a sector-level understanding of social issues in seafood.Examples: ASC’s publication of non-conformances (published in the audit reports); MSC’s paper analyzing information from self-descriptions and MBA’s dedicated research partnership projects (e.g., the study of the role of intermediaries in shrimp and blue swimming crab supply chains)
Note: The list above does not include SFP’s FIP progress ratings and MBA’s Seafood Watch ratings standard and methodology, because they are currently designed to focus exclusively on environmental issues.
This table provides a high-level mapping of each member’s tools to social responsibility issues from the Social Responsibility Assessment (SRA) Tool. For more details on each member’s social responsibility tools and approaches, please read the following two-page profiles: