Our fish and seafood comes from a wide variety of sources. Like meat and poultry, the seafood we procure is used in ready-made and frozen meals, nutrition products and pet food.
Traceability in the supply chain
Tracking a seafood supply chain in the open ocean is a difficult process. However, our ambition is to confirm that the fish and seafood we source come from healthy fisheries or from fisheries and farms engaged in improvement projects.
We are able to track about 60% of our whole fish purchases to the catch vessel. From there, our expert marine not-for-profit partner, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, provides assessments on the source fisheries. Some 90% of the purchased seafood is by-product used for nutritious pet food products. We trace this product to as many source fisheries as have been identified – which is now up to 153 fisheries. Some 52% of these known fisheries are considered medium risk or better.
Progress in Thailand
In November 2015, Nestlé published an Action Plan (pdf, 655Kb) detailing our commitment to eliminating labour and human rights abuses in the seafood supply chain in Thailand. It contained a series of actions designed to protect workers from abuses, to improve working conditions and to tackle unacceptable practices including juveniles and teenagers working on fishing vessels. Our November 2016 update (pdf, 75 Kb) shows how the plan has been implemented to date, with the support of our partners.
Progress in Russia
Another not-for-profit partner, Ocean Outcomes (formerly the Wild Salmon Center), promotes the conservation and sustainable use of marine ecosystems across the Pacific Rim, and has made good progress on its Salmon Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) in Russia. The group has launched two Salmon FIPs on the remote Kamchatka peninsula, in the Russian Far East. Now, more than 50% of Kamchatka wild salmon fisheries are Marine Stewardship Council certified, in assessment or in a FIP.
The Government agency in Russia that controls salmon hatcheries has expanded its marking programme at all Government-run hatcheries to cover 100% of fish released. A team of independent observers completed a season in the field in western Kamchatka and found no cases of illegal activity in the commercial fishery, although one case of river poaching was discovered and reported.
Verification and certification
Through our delivery partner agreements, we will increasingly be able to assess our supply chain against our category-specific requirements for fish and seafood, evaluate the sustainability of seafood sources (wild and farmed) and identify projects to enhance the environmental performance of our suppliers.
Our RSG establishes a framework for continuous improvement in our wild caught and farmed seafood supply chain, and its derived co-products, building towards Responsible Sourcing.
We also recognise seafood certified by independent NGOs such as the Marine Stewardship Council, the world’s leading certification and eco-labelling programme for sustainable seafood.