OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
The Fishin’ Company is committed to providing our customers with the highest quality and most responsibly sourced seafood available in the world. We view this as a fundamental responsibility to our customers and our duty as a leader in the seafood industry. We are proud to drive positive positive change in our industry and the world by only sourcing products from feed mills, hatcheries, farms, ﬁsheries, and plants that are socially and environmentally responsible.
Our greatest resource is the diverse team of people who make up the complex supply chain which provides our products to our customers. Our greatest priority, therefore, is to guarantee that every individual in our supply chain is treated with the utmost respect and dignity. We will never sacriﬁce the well-being or safety of these individuals for our own convenience or ﬁnancial gain.
We recognize and follow global social compliance standards aimed at promoting and protecting human rights and the environment and communities involved. We regularly assess every part of our supply chain to safeguard that these principles are followed.
The Fishin’ Company has a dedicated Compliance team that enforces conformity to our social compliance standards and the standards of our customers. Our Compliance team maintains an internal database for all current audits and certiﬁcations for all facilities and partners in our supply chain. They conduct internal audits and provide the training necessary for the facilities to improve their management systems. Since 2008, we have conducted over 400 social compliance audits on our suppliers’ facilities. The majority of these are third party audits conducted by certiﬁed agencies. We benchmark the progress of improvement throughout the duration of the business relationship. We continue to improve our vertical integration, allowing for better control of every stage of production and better quality for our end products.
Our experienced Procurement team is committed to sourcing from and partnering with suppliers with a proven track record of continuously meeting and exceeding our strict sourcing requirements. We are intentional about sourcing products from lower-risk countries whenever possible. When it is necessary to source from higher-risk countries, careful consideration is made to select speciﬁc suppliers who pass our rigorous compliance standards and pre-qualify with a third party audit.
OUR PRINCIPLES OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ARE: 1. All labor is voluntary. There is zero tolerance for any forced labor, including bonded, unpaid, indentured or indebted labor, slave labor, child labor, or trafﬁcking of humans.
2. Child Labor is prohibited and special protection is provided for juvenile workers. Local and national child labor laws must be followed.
3. Laborers are paid fair and decent wages. All local and national labor laws will be obeyed, plus efforts will be taken to assure that laborers can make a living wage not below local legally-required minimum wages.
4. Working hours are legal and not excessive. Work hours and overtime should not exceed those allowed by the local and governmental agencies in each country.
5. Working conditions are sanitary, healthy, and safe. Safety equipment and PPE (including training in its use) is required of each area, particularly for those handling hazardous materials, to prevent accidents and injuries.
6. Fire Safety policies are strictly enforced. Structures are inspected for working Fire Safety equipment, such as ﬁre extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and illuminated exit signs. Workers are educated with ﬁre drills and team safety meetings.
7. There is no abuse or discrimination. Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse are prohibited. No laborer will be discriminated against because of race, nationality, gender, age, religion, creed, or any reason. All will be treated equally. All persons are treated with dignity and respect.
8. The Rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Workers have the right to lawfully and peacefully form or join organizations or unions of their own choosing and bargain collectively. Factories must not discriminate against worker representatives and union members, and worker representatives must be allowed to carry out their functions.
9. Bribery or any other coercion is not tolerated. We do not tolerate, permit, or engage in bribery, corruption, or unethical practices, whether in dealing with public ofﬁcials or individuals in the private sector.
10. Facilities must comply with environmental laws. Permits and approvals must be secured and maintained for environmental health and safety management, such as waste management, air emissions, wastewater, and greenhouse gases.