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Vigo Dialogue 2020

Due Diligence and the Implication of COVID-19 of Fisheries Management and Policies










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    The 2020 Vigo Dialogue aims to raise awareness of the situation faced by fish workers and the industry due to the pandemic. In addition, the Dialogue will allow FAO to continue its inclusive collaboration with relevant stakeholders, by providing a clear outline of the major challenges on social issues in fish value chains, including gaps and key elements, to support the ongoing activities associated with FAO’s mandate on social responsibility.
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    Report of the FAO Vigo Dialogue on social responsibility in the fisheries and aquaculture value chains – Addressing current problems triggered by COVID-19.
    Rome, 14 to 16 September 2020 and 21 to 23 September 2020.
    2021
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    The 2020 FAO Vigo Dialogue focused on promoting human and labour rights to ensure better social practices along fisheries and aquaculture value chains, including emphasizing social problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The main issues and challenges that the sector is facing were discussed and identified. The Dialogue raised awareness of the situation faced by fish workers and the industry due to the pandemic, and allowed FAO to collaborate with relevant stakeholders by providing a clear outline of the significant challenges on social issues in fisheries and aquaculture value chains.
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    Vigo Dialogue on benefits of decent employment in fisheries and aquaculture
    Working for blue growth: Social responsibility in the fish business – a win-win situation for all. Vigo, Spain, 9 October 2015
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    As a side event to the First International Fisheries Stakeholder Forum, FAO convened on 9 October 2015, the Vigo Dialogue on the Benefits of promoting decent employment in fisheries and aquaculture. Working for Blue Growth: Social responsibility in the fish business – a win-win situation for all. Stakeholder representatives in fisheries and aquaculture including government administrations, private sector industries, civil society organizations (small-scale fishers, workers’ unions), auditing/certification initiatives and international organizations discussed priority issues and actions on labour conditions in the sector (including capture fisheries, aquaculture, fish processing, distribution, fish trade), however with major emphasis on benefits and incentives of addressing those issues for different stakeholders, e.g. better reputation for companies, more efficiency in production and operation, improved conditions for producers/workers, etc. The meeting recognized that promoting decent working conditions has become a central issue for sustainable business development and agreed that abuses of human rights and labour rights often coincide with illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Ensuring social responsibility in the seafood industry reduces the risks of poor image and bad reputation for companies and improves labour relations and workers’ commitment to company operations and business. Seafood industry and retailers emphasized their interest in advancing decent working conditions in seafood supply chains through social and labour standards and certifications schemes. Capacity development, institution building, strengthening of fish workers organizations along with investments in training, skills development and occupational safety and health were identified as important entry points to achieve decent working conditions in fish value chains. Governments should widely ratify the ILO Work in fishing convention, 2007 (No.188) - as a matter of high priority – and ensure protection of migrant and foreign workers, who often are lacking legal protection.

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