Sign the Petition to Sysco Corporation
The US imports 80-90% of its seafood, and tens of thousands of people are exploited at every link in the seafood harvesting and production chain:
Abusive Recruitment: With little to no alternative, vulnerable people are deceived and forced/kidnapped into jobs that become trafficking situations.
Slavery at Sea: Once at sea, workers endure inhuman working hours and are compelled to labor under life-threatening conditions, including extreme and reckless exposure to danger and the elements, while being kept on the verge of starvation. Beatings and torture are routinely used to ensure submission. The cost of noncompliance can be death.
Exploitation on Land: Conditions of slavery permeate seafood processing plants, and this seafood ends up on our plates.
Labeling for Lent is a national initiative of the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) to urge seafood producers, distributors, and retailers to make public, through product labeling or other means, their efforts to fight human trafficking in their product supply chains. U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, as a member of CCOAHT, endorses this campaign and encourages all of our supporters to participate!
This year the Labeling for Lent Campaign seeks to encourage the wholesale company Sysco to better inform its customers about efforts they are making to ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor. Sysco is a global leader in selling, marketing, and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare, and educational facilities. With over 650,000 customer locations, the company operates more than 320 distribution facilities globally. In the United States, many of the schools and hospitals who purchase from Sysco are Catholic.
It is important to acknowledge Sysco’s efforts to begin addressing seafarers and fishers’ labor rights. Per Sysco’s 2019 social responsibility report, top priorities include “responsible sourcing to ensure fair treatment of workers and communities” and “fair treatment of workers engaged in growing, harvesting, and processing products...with extensive programs in place to monitor performance of suppliers.” The next step is to make these efforts widely known to Sysco customers so they can make informed and ethical selections when deciding which seafood products to purchase.
Help us demonstrate to Sysco how much Catholics care about the supply chains of the products we buy. Let’s demonstrate to Sysco that given the opportunity, we will choose to patronize businesses that are committed to buying seafood from wholesalers who are leaders in ensuring that the seafood Americans eat is not harvested by slave labor.
It’s easy! Just add your information to the form below to sign our petition which will be delivered to Sysco at the end of Lent. You can also add a personal message about why this is important to you!
Edit this message to tell users that can't take action because comments are closed how to contribute. For example, consider adding a link to a petition or donation page that you have created, or add social sharing options so that these supporters can help get the word out on social media.
You can also order postcards to sign and mail in to Sysco Corporation with the same message.
If you would like to order Labeling for Lent Postcards please fill out THIS FORM.