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Taiwan: Greenpeace report reveals case studies of alleged forced labour on shipping vessels linked to Fong Chun Formosa Fishery (FCF)

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30 May 2018

'Slavery on an industrial scale' in fishing industry

Author: Radio New Zealand

27 May 2018

A private investigator...found harrowing slavery on an industrial scale when he looked into the actions of international fishing fleets...[he] is the lead investigator for a Greenpeace...report on fishing boats.

It found workers are promised good wages but many are at sea for months or years working long hours, earning 15 New Zealand cents an hour...consumers and politicians must put pressure on retailers to find out where their tuna is coming from...

Transshipment at sea is an issue that Greenpeace want to see eliminated from the supply chain as it enables...human rights abuses...

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Article
24 May 2018

FCF Statement On Recent Greenpeace Allegations

Author: F.C.F. Fishery

…“We realize that as one of the world’s largest marine products integrated supply chain service providers…we are a prime target for organizations seeking to garner publicity and those not fully aware of the latest development and improvements that are currently taking place in the fishery industry. However, in their efforts to curb egregious human rights abuses, we believe it is unfair and deceptive to lump our company in with those who condone cruelty and neglect of their laborers.

Although we recognize the meaningful work of Greenpeace in exposing and eliminating human trafficking and sustainability abuses, we are equally disappointed that they are implicating FCF in old incidents and cases that have since been in all instances addressed in coordination with the Taiwanese Fisheries Department.

As our work over the past five years has demonstrated, FCF places a high priority on social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Working closely with our partners, and a global third-party compliance and social accountability firm, we require our associated fleet to formally agree to meet or exceed the standards of our Social Accountability Code of Conduct. Despite considerable challenges related to our supply chains and eclectic providers, FCF is on the forefront of ensuring we meet relevant social responsibility and sustainability standards.

There is always room for improvement, and even a single case of alleged abuse is too many. FCF remains committed to leading our industry’s social responsibility effort, and to ensuring respect for all fishing laborers. We welcome anyone who has questions about our work approach, partners, policies, or practices to contact us directly, as we have welcomed dialogue with Greenpeace and other stakeholders.

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23 May 2018

Taiwanese seafood giant linked to human rights violations

Author: Greenpeace International

New evidence released today links human rights abuses to Taiwan’s international fishing fleet, including major seafood trader Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF). This has serious implications for its global supply chains, and exposes the ongoing failure of the Taiwan government’s approach to address human trafficking and labor abuse…

In the Greenpeace East Asia report, Misery at Sea…evidence provided by local Taiwanese labor rights group, Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union, shocking new photo and video material was uncovered relating to the death of Indonesian fisherman Supriyanto…[who] died in agony just four months after starting work on the Taiwanese vessel, Fu Tsz Chiun. The harrowing images show Supriyanto had been beaten and abused, yet Taiwanese authorities failed to properly investigate his death and there was no prosecution but unconvincing conclusion…

In another investigation, prison-based interviews shine a new light on the 2016 murder of the Captain of the Vanuatu flagged Taiwanese owned vessel, Tunago No. 61. Speaking with the six convicted crew members, Greenpeace investigators learnt that in the days and months leading up to the Captain’s murder, the crew were frequently forced to work 20 hours a day and seven days a week, faced repeated physical violence and verbal abuse, sleep deprivation, a lack of adequate sustenance, discrimination, and were scared for their lives…

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