In 2020 we started a four-years partnership with OXFAM to strengthen our social sustainability roadmap and conduct a more thorough investigation into the impact of our operations on key human rights. Our aim is to address, mitigate and prevent any adverse effect on the lives of workers and communities along the tuna supply chain, which is one of the Group’s most strategic and complex supply chains.
Thanks to this collaboration we have been strongly advancing the Group’s human rights agenda. In 2022, we focused our work on analyzing and revising corporate policies related to human rights. This work led to the release of a new Bolton Group Human Rights Policy, which was prepared with the support of OXFAM, and to setting new relevant goals and actions that will have a tangible impact on the lives of people in our supply chains and communities where we operate.
With the support of OXFAM, we have reviewed our Human Rights Policy and strengthened our targets for a more equitable and inclusive business model.
In addition, despite the difficulties related to the COVID pandemic, we have managed to implement a Human Rights Impact Assessment to identify current and potential human rights risks in our tuna supply chain in Ecuador. These due diligence process will also provide us with an action plan in order to prevent, mitigate and repair those risks and guarantee decent working conditions and inclusion along our tuna supply chain in the region.
Welfare projects on health and education for our employees, their families and the communities in Ecuador, Morocco and Solomon Islands were also at the center of our social engagement, with more than 2,900 people reached.
That’s not all, thanks to this collaboration, we will also develop activity on living wage, considering how rates of pay compare to the local costs of living where we are present.