In 2015, investigative reports shocked the world with revelations of slave labor in the global seafood industry. Non-profit, business and government actors working to make seafood sustainable realized there was a gaping hole in their efforts: ensuring social responsibility for the workers.
A new Conservation International special report, “A sea change for seafood?,” details a novel approach that could end human rights violations in the sector.
As non-profits and businesses struggled with how to address the problem, Conservation International’s Jack Kittinger stepped in, leading an effort that could transform the industry. The framework his team devised will be launched at the upcoming U.N. Ocean Conference.
This special four-part series sheds a troubling light on the seafood industry’s problems and details how the framework came together, through the stories of those who made it happen.
Cover image: Migrant workers at a shrimp factory in Samut Sakhon on the outskirts of Bangkok. Human rights groups say thousands of children and illegal Myanmar migrants are working in Thailand’s $2 billion-a-year shrimp export industry, often in conditions little short of modern-day slavery. Industry officials deny the allegations. (© Chaiwat Subprasom/REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo)