WHAT IS IT?
The Seafood Voting Challenge asks members of the sustainable seafood sector to commit themselves to implementing internal policies and procedures to support their employees, clients, and partners to access the information and resources to support their right to vote. This may include any number of initiatives such as giving employees paid time off to go to the polls, providing voting resources directly to staff through emails, or creating a No Meetings Day.
As a global community, we encourage our partners across the world to take the Seafood Voting Challenge Pledge, implement best practices to protect voter rights in their regions of operation, and share the challenge with their own networks.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
As an international non-profit dedicated to supporting thriving coastal communities and ocean based economies, Future of Fish is acutely aware that environmental threats, including climate change, disproportionately affect marginalized populations and low-income groups around the world.
The most common reason people cite for not voting is a lack of time or available resources. Voting involves time off of work, finding child care, providing postage, or finding a mode of transportation to the polls—all of which represent significant barriers for voters, and disproportionately impacts already marginalized communities, particularly women and people of color. The Seafood Voting Challenge aims help to mitigate these challenges and support the ability of all our community members to vote.
2020 has highlighted drastic changes to our global system - from COVID-19 and high levels of unemployment to natural disasters strengthen by climate change. With the drastic changes to our global systems, it is more important now than ever before to be civically engaged and an active part in shaping the future.
The United States 2020 election has brought the challenges of the year to the forefront. We believe this is a critical time for the sustainable seafood community to step up and help equalize people’s opportunity to vote. These elections are just the beginning. We will be sharing this challenge internationally in the countries where Future of Fish works on the ground, particularly in support of the upcoming Peruvian and Chilean national elections in April and December of 2021.
STEP 1 - Take the Pledge and add your name to the 2020 Seafood Voting Challenge
STEP 2 - Talk to your team and understand what supports they may need
STEP 3 - Take a look at initiatives such as NonProfit Vote and Vote Safe for ideas on how to take action.
For inspiration, Thai Union North America has joined the public nonpartisan movement, Time to Vote, to ensure that their employees have the time, flexibility, and resources to encourage and support voting in the national election. Through increasing flexibility and providing resources and communication on ways to vote, they are hoping to inspire greater turnout by removing barriers for all employees, regardless of their background or position.
Take The Pledge
As an organization engaged in the advancement of socially and environmentally responsible seafood sector, we hereby commit to implementing internal policies and procedures to support their employees, clients, and partners to access the information and resources to support their right to vote.
By signing up for the Seafood Voting Challenge 2020, I confirm:
I am authorized to speak on my Company's behalf
I agree to allow Future of Fish to publish my company's name in relation to the Seafood Voting Challenge