People and the Planet

Created on Monday, 08 June 2020

Ocean Perspective

People and the planet are inextricably connected. Social justice is crucial to environmental protection and where the two converge is where we will find our solutions.

Like millions of people in the United States and around the world, we at FishWise were devastated by the murder of George Floyd, the latest in a long line of injustices against Black people. We have also been heartened and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and countless acts of courage calling for both justice and systemic change that is long overdue.

At FishWise, social responsibility is at the core of what we do. We are working toward a seafood industry that:

  • Protects human rights, dignity, and access to resources
  • Ensures equality and equitable opportunity to benefit
  • Improves food and livelihood security

Our focus is often turned abroad, as seafood is the world’s most traded commodity and that is where much of the forced labor and modern slavery occurs. But, in this pursuit, we have not taken an organizational stand on the abuse and inequities that are present in our own community. Going forward, we pledge to do our part, to look inward and ask ourselves what more we can do to create safe, inclusive workplaces and collaborative spaces. We will implement a robust diversity, equity, and inclusion program within our organization, and we will support other organizations that fight for racial and social justice every day. We will use our voice to call out problems and point to solutions.

As we pursue our mission to transform global seafood supply chains to sustain the oceans and the people who depend on them, we also hold in our hearts and our actions all those who have suffered racial injustice.

With hope,
Tobias Aguirre
Chief Executive Officer