Development timeline

A summary of activities associated with the development of MSC requirements for labour practices.

The process to develop credible requirements involves a series of discussions with industry experts and stakeholders. To ensure the continuing development process is inclusive and relevant, the MSC will host various consultation activities including workshops, webinars and public consultations.

Please note that the following dates are tentative and may change. Contact for more information.

StageDateActivity

Public
participation

1

Decision 
MSC Board of Trustees (BoT)

22-23 
Jun 2016

Approved development of requirements for fishery and supply chain labour good practice

N/A
2

Targeted online consultation
Limited consultation on ToR

1-14
Sep 2016

Targeted 14 day 
consultation on the ToR for the Labour requirements development

Online - now
closed

3

Consultation
Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs)

23-29
Sep 2016

Initial consultation on the scope of proposal

N/A
4

Consultation
NGOs, governmental organisations, retailers, fishery and supply chain stakeholders

Oct -Dec 2016

Initial consultation on the scope of proposal

Stakeholder
required

5

Decision
MSC Stakeholder Council

Nov
2016

Review of the proposals 
and provide recommendations for improvements

Stakeholders
are represented in the council

6

Decision
MSC Board of Trustees/Technical Advisory Board

Dec
2016

Consider work plan and
key elements proposed for further development

Provision for
observer participation

7

Consultation
First public consultation

Mar -May 2017

60-day public
consultation on options for fisheries and supply chain

Online - now closed

8

Consultation
Targeted stakeholder workshop

Mar-Apr 2017

Consultation on the 
proposals 

Stakeholder
required

9

Development
MSC staff

May
2017

Consider feedback
received from public consultation and publish summary of feedback

N/A
10

Decision
TAB Woking Group

Jun
2017

Review development
progress and public consultation feedback. Consider options for development

Provision for
observer participation

11

Workshop with stakeholders

Nov
2017

Workshop on proposed requirements.


12


TAB meeting

Dec 2017

Agree on the final
requirements

Provision for
observer participation

13

Decision
MSC Board of Trustees

Jan 2018

Approve proposals and key elements for further development and public consultation


Provision for observer participation


14

 

Public consultation for fisheries and off-shore supply chains


Mar-Apr 2018

30-day public consultation


Online - now closed
16

Targeted consultation for on-shore supply chain

Feb-Apr 2018

Targeted consultation & impact assessments (webinars, workshops, questionnaires, email consultation etc.)

Stakeholders were represented
17

Decision

TAB Working Group

Jun 2018

 

Approve proposal for fisheries and off-shore operations release and agree key elements for further development and public consultation for on-shore supply chains

Provision for observer participation

18

Decision

MSC Board of Trustees

Jun 2018

Final approval of labour practice requirements for fisheries and off-shore operations

Stakeholders are represented on the Boards

19

Release of requirements for fisheries and off-shore supply chains


 

Aug 2018

 

Release of the labour
practice requirements and associated resources for fisheries and off-shore operations

 

N/A

20 Public consultation for on-shore supply chains Aug-Oct 2018 60-day public consultation on on-shore supply chain requirements Online - now closed
21 Decision
TAB meeting
Dec
2018
Agree on the final
requirements for on-shore supply chains
Provision for
observer participation
22 Decision
MSC Board of Trustees
Jan
2019
Approve proposals for on-shore supply chains Provision for
observer participation
23 Release Feb 2019 Release of the labour
practice requirements and associated resources for on-shore supply chains
N/A