The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) today announced the adoption of a new conservation measure
requiring ISSF participating companies to develop and publish a public social and labor standards and/or sourcing policy
that applies to the company and its entire supply chain. The measure will be in effect for processors, traders,
importers, transporters marketers and others involved in the seafood industry associated with ISSF and includes
production facilities and fishing and supply vessels.
“With the announcement of this conservation measure, ISSF is pleased to formalize our commitment to human rights
protections in global tuna fisheries, a topic we have increasingly supported as our work toward sustainable fisheries
has evolved,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson.
“Conservation Measure 9.1 Public Policy on Social and Labor Standards joins the now dozens of ISSF conservation measures for sustainability best practices
. With the majority of the world’s canned tuna processing capacity conforming to these measures — and with major tuna
companies being transparently audited
against them — we are driving unique and positive change across the world’s tuna fisheries.”
Conservation Measure 9.1 Public Policy on Social and Labor Standards
states that processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry shall
develop and publish a public social and labor standards policy and/or sourcing policy that applies to it and its supply
chain, including production facilities and fishing and supply vessels, that addresses, at a minimum, the following
categories:Forced laborChild laborFreedom of associationWages, benefits and employment contractsWorking hoursHealth and safetyDiscrimination, harassment and abuseGrievance mechanisms
Under the new measure, a company policy will be considered public if it is published on the company’s website or is
otherwise available to the general public. The conservation measure will go into effect on January 1, 2021.About ISSF Conservation Measures & Compliance Process
ISSF is a global partnership among scientists, the tuna industry and the environmental non-governmental community whose
mission is to undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks
, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health.
Since its inception in 2009, ISSF has adopted conservation measures and commitments
to facilitate this mission with the intent that processors, traders, marketers and others involved in the seafood
industry will follow them to facilitate real and continuous improvement across global tuna stocks. Each ISSF
participating company commits to conform to these conservation measures to improve the long-term health of tuna
fisheries. They also must adhere to the ISSA Compliance
ISSF participating tuna companies
, which represent the majority of the world’s canned-tuna production and include well-known brand names, are audited
yearly by MRAG
Americas on their compliance with ISSF conservation measures.