We’d like to introduce you to two new acronyms you might hear us using over the coming months - RISE and SALT.
FishWise recently launched a new initiative called Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) which features a website designed to help companies like Inland better understand labor conditions throughout our supply chains.
One of the goals of RISE is to give the industry a way to facilitate improvements, protect workers, and reduce risk.
More specifically, RISE is to designed to
1. Evaluate supply chain risks
2. Understand and improve labor practices
3. Engage workers and make improvements that matter
4. Communicate about their policies, expectations, and progress
RISE “consolidates supportive resources and guidance developed by the world’s leading human rights and labor advocates,” and can be used by seafood companies independently, according to FishWise.
The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) is a global alliance for knowledge exchange and action to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains.
SALT brings together the seafood industry, governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to accelerate learning and support collaboration on innovative solutions for legal and sustainable seafood, with a particular focus on traceability–the ability to track the movement of seafood through supply chains.
The objectives of SALT are to:
1. Expand accessible, interoperable and electronic catch documentation and traceability for wild capture fisheries and aquaculture
2. Increase the capacity of seafood-producing countries to adopt catch documentation and traceability systems to strengthen fisheries management and verify fisheries data
3. Increase incentives and capacities for the seafood industry to adopt electronic traceability to ensure the legality of wild-caught fisheries' products in their supply chains
4. Identify ways in which the implementation of electronic catch documentation and traceability can support human and labor rights for all seafood workers, food security, livelihoods and well-being
According to SALT, their activities will include collaboration and learning events (in-person and virtual) that convene diverse stakeholders across seafood supply chains and an online resource and learning platform to support knowledge sharing and expertise from other projects from around the world.
Addressing illegal fishing, associated labor rights abuses and inadequate fisheries management will contribute to improving security, economic prosperity and food security for the millions of people that depend on fisheries for their livelihoods.
We’ll be looking into ways we can engage with these great resources (and we hope you will too).