Social and Gender Standard

Addressing an important need in smallholder aquaculture operations to support livelihood improvement, promote human rights in the supply chain, and foster access to equal opportunities via gender equality

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A gender mainstreamed standard that aligns with the Environmental Farming Standard and provides producers with guidance on the minimum criteria required for both Compliant and Leader levels. The ASIC Social and Gender Standard covers eight fundamental principles and addresses an important need in smallholder aquaculture operations to support livelihood improvement, promote human rights in the supply chain, and foster access to equal opportunities via gender equality.


Through this initiative, ASIC continues to work with stakeholders to create a tool that will allow them to apply best practices, obtain new knowledge and skills, expand their market penetration both locally and worldwide, boost their earnings, and improve the well-being of their families and communities.


Initiated by trainings on the standard's benefits as well as how to conduct a self-assessment, producers are then guided through a process to add data into our application system. ASIC reviews the data and constructs a gap analysis and needs assessment based on the provided data. ASIC implements data triangulation from producers and related stakeholders to ensure social and gender challenges are properly captured. To construct an improvement plan, ASIC conducts on-site verification of the operation, collects and verifies data, and identifies any additional challenges and issues related to local social norms. Together with producer or producer groups, an improvement plan and timeline are created.

Standard Principles of ASIC Social and Gender Standard

No Child Labour

No Forced Labour, Human Trafficking, Slavery

Freedom of Association

Equality and Non-discrimination

Women Economic Empowerment

Fair Recruitment and Decent Working Conditions

Safe Working Environment

Respect for Local Communities

The ASIC Social Standards are the latest tool being developed in partnership with the Oxfam Gender Transformative and Responsible Agribusiness Investments in Southeast Asia (GRAISEA) program, to address the complex social and gender challenges pervasive in the seafood sector. Initially developed as a component of the ASIC Shrimp and ASIC Fish standards, ASIC has been developing a separate, inclusive, and improvement-oriented tool to address social sustainability more directly. Similar to other ASIC standards, the social standards apply to seafood operations of different sizes and structures, with the specific needs of small-scale and large-scale fisheries and aquaculture operations being addressed.

ASIC Social and Gender Standards Steering Committee

Voting members

Rosanna Contreras
Executive Director, SOCSKSARGEN Federation of Fishing & Allied Industries, Inc.
Dinna L. Umengan
Executive Director, Tambuyog Development Center
Peter Bracher
Managing Director, NSF
Archana Kotecha
Head of Legal Department, Liberty Shared
Harry Susanto
Soe Tun
Consultant, Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme
Juliette Alemany
Project Development Manager and Data Scientist, FairAgora Asia / Verifik8
Than Thi Hien
Iza Gonzales
Dian Noeswantari
University Surabaya
Arlene Satapornvanit
Abdul Sialana
Dian Noeswantari
University Surabaya
Jocelyn Villanueva
Derry Candiago
Vannamei Farmer

Non-voting members

Julie Kuchepatov
Independent Seafood Expert
Nathan Zetterberg
Project Director, Fishwise
Roxane Misk
Gender Consultant, FAO
Blake Stok
Director of Sustainability, Thai Union Group PCL
Jennifer Gee
Fishery Officer, FAO
Birgitte Poulsen
Independent Social Development Consultant
Avery Siciliano
Corporate Responsibility Manager, BAP


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