The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) as part of the Consumer Goods Forum has responded positively to the initial Human Rights at Sea’s (HRAS) 2023 Review of Fisheries and Aquaculture Certification, Standards and Ratings. 

In a public press note on the Forum's website, the Director of Sustainability, Didier Bergeret, outlined the Forum's common alignment with both organisation's respective focus on sector improvement and welcomed the work of Human Rights at Sea (HRAS), though highlighted their belief that SSCI should not have been included in the current reporting as a benchmark organisation. 

Noting that the SSCI and HRAS have a common purpose with respective mission objectives, HRAS welcomes the Forum's response in terms of its transparency and honest approach to further engagement.  

Human Rights at Sea CEO, David Hammond, said: "While SSCI will seek to 'verify the verifiers', HRAS will continue to closely watch and report on fisheries and aquaculture certifications, standards and ratings entities for continuous improvements in their social accountability, public transparency, worker engagement and focus on fundamental rights protections". 

HRAS will work closely with the Consumer Goods Forum, while our charitable NGO will be pushing for more than just minimum requirements within respective sectors to be applied and benchmarked against. 

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