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Labor Safe Screen

Food companies can help advance decent working conditions in fishing and aquaculture by screening seafood products to learn the actual working conditions producers take on.

Knowing the actual working conditions producers take on is powerful.  The same is true for loopholes where illegal products enter supply chains.  Even in long and fragmented supply chains, it is possible to know.  For food companies, learning is key to managing risks so seafood is legal and safe.  The Labor Safe Screen allows food companies to continuously monitor working conditions in seafood supply chains.  We have screened 118 seafood products worldwide for 18 participating companies (and counting).  A digital version, the Labor Safe Digital Certificate in Trace Register, is the first program to automate seafood product risk data from the U.S. Departments of State and Labor-ILAB.  It is also a social learning opportunity with a consistent lexicon of definitions and targets.  Participating companies learn which products carry an elevated risk of being associated with modern day slavery.  They learn to see the blind spots and loopholes.  They might respond with a detailed review at the facility level.  Or, they might ask their suppliers to account for working conditions in all facilities across the chain.  Product screening is not a voluntary certification program for labor safety, which would need strong enforcement mechanisms and to include workers in all levels of decision-making, governance, and enforcement.  Rather, participating companies perform risk-based due diligence for their products.  Tiered screening enables food buyers to separate products by risk threshold and to focus investigations on eliminating blind spots and promoting improvements.

Labor Safe Screen
Image credit: Labor Safe Screen
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Timeframe: Jun. 01, 2012 -
Project Status: Ongoing
Contact: Katrina Nakamura
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Thematic Focus: Industry and Market Incentives, Transparency
Geographic Areas: Global, International waters
Activity Type: Capital asset or tool
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