At-Sea Operations Framework


From July 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020, The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) and GSSI held a 60-day public consultation to review the draft of the At-Sea Operations Framework.

The organisations would like to thank all stakeholders who participated in the consultation. After receiving over 25 formal comments on the criteria and holding multiple stakeholder conversations, the work will focus on the integration of such feedback with the support of the Technical Working Group. Both GSSI and SSCI will ensure that stakeholders are informed of further criteria developments prior to finalisation. Once finalised, the SSCI will be ready to launch the At-Sea Operations scope, allowing for third-party social compliance certification schemes in the seafood industry to be benchmarked against SSCI criteria and receive SSCI recognition.


By joining forces, GSSI and CGF are in a unique position to achieve greater impact within the industry, to avoid duplication of work and to align environmental, social and food safety benchmarks for independent third-party schemes.

As part of our commitment to transparency and open stakeholder engagement throughout the process, we invited all our stakeholders to participate in this public consultation.


Stakeholders provided comments on the following draft framework documents:

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Revision Process

Global Benchmark Tool is made up of 3 parts: a Benchmark Process, the steps a scheme goes through to be recognized by GSSI and a Benchmark Framework showing GSSI essential Components and Supplementary Components. And as a result – a statement of GSSI recognition and a Benchmark Report.

GSSI-SSCI Collaboration

In 2018, GSSI set up landmark collaboration with the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) to jointly address these concerns in the seafood sector. SSCI promotes good social and environmental practices in global supply chains by benchmarking third-party auditing and certification schemes and recognizing robust schemes. Building on the success of the Global Benchmark Tool, the joint benchmark tool will allow the seafood industry to have access to a list of recognized social compliance schemes that operate in the seafood sector.

ASO Technical Working Group
The At-Sea Operation (ASO) Technical Working Group (TWG) was recruited in December 2019.

Learn more about the members of the ASO Technical Working Group.

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