Jessica Dailey

Food Giants Costco & Sodexo Pledge to Offer Only Sustainable Seafood

by , 03/03/11
filed under: Green Business

Considering the amount of food that Sodexo and Costco bring to the market, the plans are a huge step forward. However, Greenpeace doesn’t think that MSC sets a high enough bar. Last month, Environmental Leader reported that a Greenpeace oceans campaigner said that MSC’s decision to certify some fisheries “seriously undermined” the council’s credibility. Regarding Costco’s recent decision, a Greenpeace seafood campaigner said, “This is certainly not perfect—we’d like to see these unsustainable options off the shelves until the populations recover—but it’s a major step forward.”

Sodexo’s pledge looks a bit more promising. The company plans to work with non-profit NSF Surefish, which issues MSC Chain of Custody certifications and audits facilities against the BAP standards. Sodexo will also partner with CleanFish, a company that brings artisan fishermen’s products to market under transparent brands. CleanFish recently received Food and Wine’s “Eco-Ocean Award” and TIME Magazine name the company a “Responsibility Pioneer.”

“Sodexo touches the lives of over 10 million people daily,” said Ann Oka, senior vice president of supply management at Sodexo, in a press release. “We believe our Sustainable Seafood Initiative is unparalleled and can truly make a positive impact on the health of the world’s oceans and fisheries.”

Via Environmental Leader

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