WWF-SASSI Retailer/ Supplier Participation Scheme Report 2015



Posted on 01 March 2016
WWF-SASSI Retailer/ Supplier Participation Scheme Report 2015
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The latest WWF-SASSI Retailer/ Supplier Participation Scheme Report highlights progress made with nine South African retailers, suppliers and restaurants, who have made clear and time-bound commitments to sustainable seafood. Target dates set to reaching their commitment goals by six of the nine participating companies, that is I&J John Dory’s, Pick n Pay, Food Lovers Market, Woolworths and SPAR, came to term at the end of 2015.

In addition, detailed descriptions of progress made by three other companies - Sun International, Ocean Basket and Breco Seafoods - with target dates between end 2016 and end 2020, are included in the report. Between the 2014 and 2015 editions of the report there has been an overall average increase of 10% in species meeting sustainability criteria (meaning they are MSC or ASC certified or on the WWF-SASSI Green-list). More encouraging is that an average of 9% of species procured by these companies is currently noted as “Under Improvement” which indicates strong market support for species originating from fisheries or fish farms that are actively addressing sustainability concerns in their operations.

This report illustrates the work that WWF-SASSI has been doing with participating retailers, restaurants, hotels and suppliers to progress towards meeting their various commitments to sustainable seafood. Progress to date by all of these companies is proof that the system has been effective in creating strong market incentives for source fisheries and fish farms that are sustainable or working towards this goal. WWF-SA will therefore continue to support these companies on the provision that they are transparent on their progress and make publically available the corrective actions they will take for the species that do not yet meet their commitments to sustainable seafood.
WWF-SASSI Retailer/ Supplier Participation Scheme Report 2015
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