Identified labor issues on the fishing vessels via systematic auditing approach
FCF works with external experts and e-Audit Service, a third party auditing platform, to develop social audit schemes suitable for fisheries. The approach FCF has developed for social audits:
1. Systematic Audit: Auditor visit the Office of the fleet to check company’s management system for social practice and sampling the vessels for Site Audits to ensure the vessels under the same fleet comply with the management system.
2. There are 14 elements for social requirements detailed in the FCF Social Responsibility Policy section of FCF Tuna Sustainability Policy.
FCF identified how fishing companies manage vessels, develop policies, cooperate with labor agencies, and establish channels for grievance, etc to meet internationally recognized social standards or regulations of different flag states.
FCF delegates trained in-house auditors or qualified external auditors from third-party organizations to visit fishing vessels. The auditors access the vessels to find out whether fishing vessel management, facilities, and training are sufficient and fulfill requirements. The auditors also conduct interviews with crew members (anonymously) to ensure their working environment and labor rights aboard the vessel and meet social standards and fundamental needs.