Comments to the National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud regarding the proposed rule on a seafood import monitoring program

Publication Date: 

April 12, 2016

To the Members of the National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud (NOC Committee):

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule on establishing filing and recordkeeping procedures relating to importation of certain fish and fish products. As a coalition of non-profit organizations and advocacy groups dedicated to the eradication of all forms of modern-day slavery and worker exploitation, including human trafficking, in the seafood industry we have a strong interest in the establishment of more robust, effective traceability mechanisms.

Building a Rights Culture: How Workers can Lead Change in Thai Seafood

Publication Date: 

March 7, 2016
Egregious labor rights abuses, including forced labor and human trafficking, have been documented across Thailand’s seafood sector in dozens of reports over more than a decade. Recently, unprecedented international attention on Thailand’s seafood industry, particularly the plight of migrant workers who make up the majority of the workforce, has prompted a flurry of action from governments, exporters and Western brands that sell Thai seafood.

Ongoing Safety Delays at H&M Suppliers in Bangladesh

Publication Date: 

January 28, 2016

An updated analysis of current safety action plans for H&M’s strategic suppliers in Bangladesh reveals that, four months after the last report, H&M is still far behind in meeting its commitments. All but one of these factories remain behind schedule, relative to deadlines mandated by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord), nearly one thousand required renovations have still not been completed, and H&M has made insufficient progress in correcting the most life-threatening safety violations such as the installation of adequate fire exits.

Analysis: H&M’s Response to Report on Safety at Bangladesh Supplier Factories

Publication Date: 

October 13, 2015

H&M’s response to our recent report on its worker safety failures in Bangladesh is replete with false and misleading statements, demonstrating that the company remains unwilling to address the issue in a serious and forthright manner. We assess herein various claims made by H&M, concerning our report and concerning the delays in safety renovations at its supplier factories in Bangladesh, relative to the deadlines imposed by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety.[1]

Printable Halloween cocoa cards - 2015

Publication Date: 

October 11, 2015

Over 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, where cocoa farming families, with an average of 6 people, live on roughly $2 per day. As a result, over 2 million children are relied on to harvest the cocoa crop each year. 

This Halloween, distribute better chocolate to trick-or-treaters, and spread awareness about the issue with these Halloween cards we developed with our ally Green America.

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