Public consultation

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At-Sea Operations Framework

July 1 – August 31, 2020

On July 1, 2020 SCCI and GSSI opened a 60-day public consultation to review the draft of the At-Sea Operations Framework.

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.

The joint benchmark tool will consider the specificities of the seafood sector and the special nature of work in food harvesting. The criteria are underpinned by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations, the UN Guiding Principles, and aligned with the CGF’s Priority Industry Principles on Forced Labour.

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

Stakeholders can provide comments to any of the following draft Framework documents:


  • Download the Public Consultation Stakeholder Guidance document.
  • Provide your input by filling out the provided template on the SSCI website by August 31, 2020.

We look forward to receiving your input!

Learn more about:

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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