23-25 April 2024 | Barcelona, Spain

Social Responsibility and Alignment With SDG14b: How Can Companies Meet Human Rights Challenges Whilst Ensuring Social Equity for Small-Scale Fisheries?

Apr 26 2023

10:45 - 11:45

CC 5.2

Ensuring that socially responsible best practices are occurring throughout seafood supply chains is paramount for business across the globe. Many companies are seeking to source responsible seafood, while also committing to aligning with the sustainable development goals (SDGs); including SDG 14b- providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets. As such, securing, safeguarding and building opportunities for coastal communities to participate in highly competitive global seafood markets at the same time as addressing social responsibility and human rights issues in fisheries is a key challenge facing many in the sector. Small-scale fisheries face various barriers within these challenges that differ from industrial distant water fleets, but many of the proposed solutions are the same. Small-scale fisheries often lack the financial resources to make necessary investments to ensure market demanded safeguards are put in place. However, if small-scale fisheries cannot meet these demands and lose market access it exacerbates vulnerabilities, undermining other forms of human rights as a result. This exploratory session with experts from the NGO community will deep dive into multiple aspects of social responsibility in tuna supply chains, human rights in small-scale fisheries, and how companies can take greater responsibility in the elimination of human rights abuses whilst also aligning with SDG14b.


International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF)

- Social Responsibility Director

Danish Institute for Human Rights

- Senior Adviser

Seafood Ethics Action (SEA) Alliance

- Head of Seafood Ethics Action Alliance

University of Aveiro

- Principal Researcher

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