Socially Responsible Practices
for the Promotion of Sustainability
in Seafood Supply Chains in Asia
27 July 2021
13:00 - 15:00 (GMT+7)
Zoom (a link to be provided after registration)
The ILO estimated that over 58 million people are engaged in the primary sector of capture fisheries and aquaculture. Among this, more than 15 million are working full-time on board fishing vessels. These numbers demonstrate the large potential for private sector actors to positively contribute to the betterment of society and sustainable development. Yet fisheries remain one of the most challenging and hazardous occupations.
This webinar will present the policy framework for the seafood sector from the perspective of Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and a penel discussion on opportunities and good practices for the implementation of RBC on labour dimension in seafood sector. The discussion will be conducted in English and simultaneous translation in Vietnamese will be provided.
The ILO estimated that over 58 million people are engaged in the primary sector of capture fisheries and aquaculture. Among this, more than 15 million are working full-time on board fishing vessels. These numbers demonstrate the large potential for private sector actors to positively contribute to the betterment of society and sustainable development. Yet fisheries remain one of the most challenging and hazardous occupations. Issues such as worker’s rights violations, unfair treatment of workers and dangerous working conditions of workers continue to be the sector’s ongoing challenges.
In recent years, human rights has increasingly been taken into account for trade decisions both by global buyers and governments of their home countries. Asia is home to more than 70 per cent of the total global seafood supply. Many Asian countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia are also home to several key global seafood suppliers and sourcing base for major global retailers. Promoting Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) thus is not only an opportunity to improve livelihood and working conditions for a large number of people in Asia, but also will help improve competitiveness and access to new market for Asian business.
The Responsible Supply Chains in Asia (RSCA) Programme is developed by the European Union together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It promotes RBC with regard to the environment, decent work and the respect of human rights. Oxfam has an extensive experience working to improve lives of small producers and workers in seafood supply chain, especially in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Under the common goal, the RSCA programme join force with Oxfam to promote socially responsible labour practices in Asia’s seafood sector. The activity will be built on unique knowledge and experience of the three organizations.
13.00 – 13.10 Introduction and housekeeping rules
13.10 – 13.15 Opening Remarks by the ILO
13.15 – 13.20 Opening Remarks by Oxfam
13.20 – 13.30 A presentation: Policy framework on RBC, insights for the seafood sector by ILO and OECD
13.30 – 14.35 A panel discussion on opportunities and good practices for the implementation of RBC
on labour dimension in seafood sector
Rena Hinoshita, Policy Analyst, Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, OECD
Le Thanh Luu, Director of the International Collaborating Centre for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability (ICAFIS)
Nguyen Huu Huy Hoang, Technical specialist of Vietnam Tuna Association (VINATUNA)
Jon Hartough, ITF Fishers’ Rights Network (FRN) Thailand Project Lead
Moderator: Nguyen Hung Cuong, Private Sector Engagement Lead, Oxfam in Vietnam
14.35 – 14.50 Q&A session
14.50 – 15.00 Concluding remarks by the moderator