Over the past several decades, significant resources have been invested in transitioning fisheries and aquaculture toward environmental sustainability. A similar commitment is now needed for social responsibility, to protect and improve the livelihoods of millions in the sector and secure the benefits of a healthy and diverse ocean for global humanity. This commitment will create a sea change in the sector, supporting comprehensive social responsibility through new, cross-sectoral actions to: (1) Protect human rights, dignity, and access to resources; (2) Ensure equality and equitable opportunities to benefit; and (3) Improve food and livelihood security. These three pillars create a framework for social responsibility in seafood and is a crucial component of the Common Vision for Sustainable Seafood.

This voluntary business commitment presents an opportunity for the sector to recognize and embrace that the wellbeing of people and the health of oceans are interdependent. The commitment helps fulfill the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and explicitly links SDG 14 to other SDGs related to poverty, food security, inequality and gender equality, and human health and wellbeing. Notably, this commitment requires that environmental sustainability and social responsibility are addressed together, as these issues are intrinsically linked and joint investments are likely to produce more durable impacts for both people and nature.

 


 

The following business partners of the Conservation Alliance have made voluntary commitments to social responsibility: