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FCF a featured presenter at EU-Taiwan Workshop on Working and Living Conditions

(May 7th, 2019, Kaohsiung) The FCF Co., Ltd. (FCF) Social Responsibility Program recently was   featured at the European Commission (EU) and Taiwan Fisheries Agency (TFA) workshop on working and living conditions for fishers. Hosted at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center on May 7th, the workshop aimed to raise awareness and advocate for the rights of industry fishers and laborers among governments, fisheries, and NGOs.

Fong Lee, sustainability officer of FCF, presented to the group of more than 60 representatives the development and execution of FCF’s Social Responsibility Program, which the company debuted in 2016.

“We established our Tuna Sustainability Policy to influence the suppliers to achieve the highest level of compliance,” Lee said. “To date, we have trained and audited several of our major fisheries partners covering more than 30 vessels, and the work continues. As an industry leader, we’re always honored to share our social responsibility programs and lessons learned with our peers. Multi stakeholder collaboration is vital for managing labor risks in the seafood supply chain and the EU workshop was a wonderful opportunity to learn and contribute in this journey”

(Fong Lee, Sustainability Officer of FCF, speaks at the Workshop)

Workshop attendees included representatives from:

  • European Transport Workers’ Federation
  • European Organization of Fishing Vessel Owners and Self-Employed Fishers
  • National Chengchi University, Taiwan
  • European Commission
  • Council of Agriculture, Taiwan Fisheries Agency
  • Overseas Fisheries Development Council, Taiwan
  • Presbyterian Church in Taiwan
  • Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union, Taiwan
  • Taiwan Tuna Purse Seiners Association
  • Taiwan Tuna Association
  • Taiwan Tuna Longline Association
  • Taiwan Squid Fishery Association
  • Greenpeace

(Speakers at the panel session)

“We all share equal responsibility in the effort to ensure the rights of fishers are protected,” said Andriana Sukova, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion of the European Commission. “We held this event to encourage collaboration, share best management practices, and help secure a workable legal framework to guide the industry.”

(Ms. Andriana  Sukova, Deputy Director-General of Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion of the European Commission)

Director-General of Taiwan Fisheries Agency Hong-Yen Huang added, “We’ve worked hard to tackle the social issues in our industry through compliance and monitoring programs and partnerships. It is refreshing to see so many leaders engaging in this conversation by listening to each other’s goals and offering up practical solutions.”

(Mr. Hong-Yen Huang, Director-General of Taiwan Fisheries Agency)

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