NovaNam fishing company has been bestowed the first FISH Standard for Crew International Certification of Labour by Bureau Veritas for its labour standards onboard deep-sea fishing trawlers operating in the country.
FISH stands for fairness, integrity, safety and health for crew.
NovaNam spokesperson, Anne-Marie Molatudi, in a media statement availed on Wednesday said the certification was awarded after Bureau Veritas conducted an audit by inspecting and evaluating the fleet under demanding standards and interviewing the crews.
“We believe this internationally recognised FISH certification ensures that fishers are treated fairly, ethically, and responsibly. The safety and health of our people along with decent working conditions and fair wages are essential aspects of our culture as a company,” NovaNam Group Managing Director, Edwin Kamatoto said.
He added that with the FISH Standard for Crew certification, it is evident that the company was at the forefront of sustainability in its social aspect, and the FISH certification gives harvesters a way to demonstrate their commitment to fairness and responsibility to their stakeholders.
Source: The Namibia Press Agency