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Out of Sight: Modern Slavery in Pacific Supply Chains of Canned Tuna

The Pacific is home to world’s largest tuna fisheries, providing almost 60% of the world’s tuna catch, worth US$22 billion (out of a US$42 billion globally) in 2016, and demand is increasing. Yet reports of severe human rights abuses are rife, including forced labour, slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

Between November 2018 and January 2019, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre surveyed 35 canned tuna companies and supermarkets, representing 80 global brands, on their approach to human rights challenges, including modern slavery, in the context of the multi-billion dollar Pacific tuna fishing sector. Our research found that a few committed companies are conducting robust due diligence and introducing innovative measures to address human rights challenges but, in general, companies are failing to support their public policies with practical action.

This database allows users to explore and compare companies' reported action in key areas, including human rights due diligence, responding to complaints and external engagement, and to find out which companies failed to respond.


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