High Liner Foods has identified social compliance as a priority material issue and codified its commitment in its Supplier Code of Conduct, which includes requirements to comply with applicable laws and regulations. The company audits all new vendors with follow-up audits (frequency depends on risk levels, from none to yearly). If a critical violation is found, which includes forced labour, during an audit, the company requires a corrective action plan. While Higher Liner Foods commits to prohibiting forced labour in supply chain, it has an opportunity to disclose a requirement that prohibits its suppliers from retaining workers’ personal documents or restricting their freedom of movement.
Health and safety of vulnerable groups
High Liner Foods’ recognises part of the health and safety risks to migrant workers by highlighting this group in its Supplier Code of Conduct as particularly vulnerable to human trafficking. However, the company could improve its score by requiring suppliers to consider all health and safety risks associated with all vulnerable groups and by providing evidence of support activities to mitigate those risks.
Working and living conditions on board fishing vessels
High Liners Foods’ social audits associated with its Supplier Code of Conduct include auditing vessels, but there is no disclosing of audits or monitoring. The company could improve its score by releasing the results of those assessments and disclosing how it improves where issues are identified. High Liner Foods is also a member of the Seafood Task Force, which has developed a Code of Conduct that covers a number of social compliance issues, including working and living conditions on board fishing vessels.
Respecting customary and indigenous rights
The company does not demonstrate how it respects customary and indigenous rights.
Engagement with and support for local communities
The company demonstrates examples of engagement with communities in its own operations and supply chains. For example, by year-end 2019, High Liner provided over six million meals to food banks and other organisations and supported local programmes focused on hunger education, the environment, and health and wellness. It is also a founding member of Friends of We Care. The company could improve its performance by demonstrating a process for regularly engaging with local communities in its own operations and supply chains and sharing the outcomes of its engagement.