Leigh Hartman, reporting for The Good Men Project, writes about how small-scale fisheries in Indonesia are embracing sustainable fishing practices using blockchain technology, which results in them being able to be compensated fairly and still be able to invest back into their communities.
The initiative is being driven by Bali-based Anova Technical Services (ATS), part of San Diego-based Anova Food, by using digital blockchain technology to track seafood through every step of the supply chain, from how and where fish were caught and processed to safety inspections and delivery.
Transparent supply chains help consumers know they are purchasing high-quality, sustainably caught fish. And that helps fishing communities command a fair price for their catch, writes Hartman.
“It makes me feel proud about myself,” said Robert Tjoanda, owner of a fish processing plant in Ambon, Indonesia, that supplies Anova. “You can prove that your fish come from the right source.”
ATS won the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2022 Award for Corporate Excellence in the responsible business operations category. The award recognizes U.S. companies that promote high standards through their operations around the world, say The Good Men Project.
ATS Managing Director Blane Olson says Anova’s long-standing investments in transparent supply chains and partnerships seek to ensure a living wage for fishers and processors, and promote gender equality and other socially responsible practices.
In 2013, Anova formed the Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) foundation to support Indonesia’s fisheries and small fishing communities.
Anova worked with the non-profit Fair Trade USA to help develop a seafood sector fair-trade certification program to inform consumers and incentivize sustainable fishing and ethical trade.
Eastern Indonesia fisheries earning the fair trade certification have received more than USD 1.5-million in market premiums, which they invest in education, safety gear, school and community center refurbishments, clean water infrastructure and emergency savings, says Hartman.
“Inclusion, innovation, and collaboration are the basis for Anova’s dedicated work with [thousands] of small scale” fishing communities in Indonesia, Olson said. “We increase supply chain and fish value through processing innovation, quality training, traceability and digital technology.”
The 2022 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence also was awarded to a multinational enterprise for responsible business operations, and to companies for climate resilience and inclusive economic growth.
Previously Published on share.america.gov
Source: The Good Men Project