Report reveals poverty wages behind Asian shrimp sold in European supermarkets
In April 2015, a FairFood International report found that workers in the shrimp processing industry in Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Vietnam receive compensation below the living wage. According to the report, these "poverty wages violate the human right to just and favourable remuneration that ensures an existence worthy of human dignity for workers and their families." FairFood International found that shrimp produced by these workers is exported to European supermarkets, including Lidl, Jumbo, Plus and Superunie (industry association supplying various supermarkets).
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies to respond:
- Jumbo response provided below
- Plus & Superunie provided below
- Aldi has not yet responded
- Lidl had not further comment; it previously responded to FairFood's public action calling for a living wage (see here)